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Mists of Pandaria Global Launch Celebration

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm by Justin Cavender

Blizzard announced a global launch celebration for the release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Members of the World of Warcraft development team will be on hand at many of the official launch events to meet players and sign their copies of the game.

In the US, the launch event will take place in Southern California, near Blizzard headquarters:

Where: Giant Wheel Court at the Irvine Spectrum Center
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, California 92618
When: 9:00 p.m. PDT on September 24

Attendees will be treated to a stage presentation featuring an evening of activities, special guests, giveaways, and entertainment — including a “challenge-mode challenge” between Blizzard employees and members of the community — before the expansion goes on sale at midnight. For further details on each of the global launch events, visit

“We can’t wait to meet up with players around the world and celebrate with them at the official launch events,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “A lot of hard work and long hours went into making Mists of Pandaria a truly epic expansion, so we’re really looking forward to coming together and having some fun with the community before everyone takes off for the new continent.”

In addition to the official US launch event, other retail locations around the country will open at midnight local time to support gamers eager to pick up the expansion as soon as it’s available. Check with local retailers for further details.

Attendees at the Mists of Pandaria launch events will be able to purchase the standard edition of the expansion (suggested retail price $39.99) as well as the retail exclusive Collector’s Edition (suggested retail price $79.99), which contains the following bonus items in addition to the game disc:

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray two-disc set including over an hour of developer interviews and commentary
  • The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition soundtrack CD
  • The Art of Mists of Pandaria, a 208-page hardback tome including never-before-seen artwork from the development process
  • World of Warcraft Imperial Quilen flying mount and Lucky Quilen Cub pet, StarCraft® II® portraits, and Diablo® III banner sigil and accent
  • A special-edition World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria mouse pad featuring Chen Stormstout, the legendary pandaren brewmaster

For those of you that have zero interest waiting in line at your nearest retailer, you can download a digital copy of the new expansion right here. Have MoP already installed and be ready to play at the stroke of midnight on September 25, 2012.

Are you going to party with Blizzard? I’ll probably just load up on Monster and gummies whilst I set sail to Pandaria. For the Horde!

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