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WoW: Mists of Pandaria announced, Annual Pass introduced

Blizzard's announced the next expansion for World of Warcraft, subtitled Mists of Pandaria, at Blizzcon's opening ceremony this evening.

The new pack will mainly focus on the oncoming war between the Alliance and the Horde, according to Blizzard VP Chris Metzen, with the Pandarens the key to the conflict.

They will also be the brand new race within the game, alongside its home of Pandaria. A Monk class will also be introduced in the expansion.

Also included will be Challenge mode dungeons, PVE scenarios, pet battle system, a new talent system and a level cap increase to 90.

"Players have been asking to see the Pandaren in World of Warcraft since the game’s launch, and we’re excited to finally be able to give them a proper re-introduction to Azeroth," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime.

"In addition to the new playable race and class, Mists of Pandaria contains a huge amount of new content, and we’re looking forward to sharing more information about all of it at BlizzCon and beyond."

There's currently no date as yet. It will be playable on the Blizzcon showfloor, though.

Morhaime also introduced WoW Annual Pass at the beginning of the conference. When you buy a pass, you'll get with it a 12 month subscription to World of Warcraft, as well as access to the Pandaria beta and a Tyrael's Charger mount.

Pass owners will also get a copy of Diablo III for free.

You can pick up the Annual Pass from the WoW website today, but fair warning: the website is getting hammered right now following the announcements.

The official announcement video for Mists of Pandaria is posted below, along with enough screenshots and artwork to do you a lifetime. Enjoy.

Cover image for YouTube video

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