Blizzard Entertainment confirms that the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion pack has a release date. It will be out in stores and online on September 25, 2012. This fourth expansion pack for the popular MMORPG adds the lost continent of Pandaria to the game, as well as playable Pandarens (think Kung-Fu Panda), a new monk class, and quite a bit more besides.
Expect to pay $39.99 for digital and physical copies of Mists of Pandaria in its most basic form, though you'll of course be able to spend additional dollars on more bonus-packed releases as well. A Digital Deluxe version of the expansion pack will sell for $59.99 online and a physical Collector's Edition release carries a $79.99 price tag. Players who purchase the basic version (digital or physical, doesn't matter) will also have the option of spending an extra $20 to get the Digital Deluxe bonuses.
The Digital Deluxe set includes an Imperial Quilen flying mount and a Lucky Quilen Cub pet as in-game items along with StarCraft 2 portraits for Battle.net (huh?) and a Pandaria-related banner sigil and accent for Diablo 3. The physical Collector's Edition includes all of the digital bonuses, plus a behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-ray, a soundtrack CD, an 208-page art book, and a mouse pad featuring the legendary Pandaren brewmaster, Chen Stormstout.
You can pre-order both the standard and Digital Deluxe editions of Pandaria now at WorldofWarcraft.com. The new content will be digitally delivered to all pre-purchasers in advance of the expansion's release, unlocking the moment the release becomes official. For more on what's new in the pack, head over to the official website. Also be sure to check out our most recent World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria preview.