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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Cinematic Trailer Released

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Mists of Pandaria, the forth World of Warcraft expansion, takes players to the forgotten continent of Pandaria, and introduces a range of new features.

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Along with the new Monk class, players can now also choose the new Pandaren race for both Alliance and Horde. Fans have been waiting since July of last year to get a glimpse of the latest adventure in Azeroth, which features new instances, challenge modes and a brand new Pet Battle System.

The trailer shows a Human and an Orc washed up on the shore of a mysterious island, after battling at sea. They resume their conflict amidst the foggy jungles and decrepit temples before being intercepted by an enigmatic native. Setting aside their strife for the moment, the Alliance and Horde warriors fight together to overcome this strange new foe, but are easily dispatched. As the fog lifts, the towering landscapes of Pandaria are revealed, giving a brief insight into Pandaren life.

The expansion is due to be released on September 25th and will raise the level cap for players from 85 to 90, allowing them to progress futher with their characters and explore the vast new continent - although Blizzard have stated that users will not be able to use flying mounts in Pandaria until they have reached the maximum level. Nine new instances have been announced, including Temple of The Jade Serpent, Stormstout Brewery, and Shando-Pan Monastery. There will also be three new raids with 14 raid bosses.

Challenge Modes have also be introduced which allow groups of players to take on dungeons in a time trail-like mode. All participants' equipment will be normalized and players will be awarded medal after clearing the dungeon, with various prizes awarded based on score. Users can also gain pets to train and battle against wild creatures and other players.

The Pandaren race was orginally seen in Warcraft 3's Frozen Throne expansion pack, where users were given a secret tower defense-like mission to complete, and were rewarded with a “Drunken Brewmaster” companion for passing the challenge. Creative director Chris Metzen stated that he wants to flesh out the murky history of the Pandaren in this latest expansion and give players a unique chance to explore the World of Warcraft before siding with any perticular faction, as new Pandaren players will be free to choose either side up to level 10.


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