Wed, Aug 03, 2011 | 02:04 BST
Blizzard files Mists of Pandaria trademark
A new trademark suggests Blizzard may pander to drunken master fans with upcoming Warcraft content.
MMO-Champion turned up a recent trademark filing by Blizzard for the phrase Mists of Pandaria. The trademark applies to games and online services, suggesting we’re not looking at a new piece of tie-in media.
In Warcraft lore, Pandaria is the island home of the mysterious race the Pandaren, warrior monks who just happen to be humanoid pandas. Although they make few appearances in-game (most famously as playable Brewmasters champions in Warcraft III expansions), Pandaren have a vocal fan base and a rich lore.
Rumours of Pandarens as a playable race in World of Warcraft have accompanied each expansion announcement, and this trademark is, quite naturally, setting off speculation that fans may soon have their wishes granted. We’ll see what Blizzard can tell us about it.
The last World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm, arrived in december last year.