It’s been a while, or to be exact, 9 months ago since the release of Blizzard’s last well-received World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm, but in the busy world of MMOs, any sane developer would be charting their darts off the plane. In this case, Blizard has setting up a mysterious showdown of what’s ahead for WoW after a filing of a new trademark.
A report from MMO Champion has caught a trademark filed by Blizzard for something called “Mists of Pandaria.” For your concern, this trademark is filed under codes (009 and 041) that specifically refer to “computer game software” and “on-line computer games,” so there is one hundred percent possibility that it is an expansion, rather than, i don’t know, a book, novel maybe?
Pandaria is associated to the homeland of the Pandaren, a World Of Warcraft universe race of panda breed humanoids. The land of Pandaria have never been explored in WoW, so it should be an exciting place to be played with as fans can reveal the game’s lore. It’s also a good chance to expand WoW’s race selection with a group that a majority of players have asked for since the game’s launch in 2004, although we are still not sure whether Pandaren would fall on the Horde or Alliance side.
Blizzard has been contacted to comment about the trademark filing, but a representative from the company refused to do so, stating that they are “not ready to reveal any details at this time.” If there is any time we could bet on the announcement details would be this year’s Blizzcon, which will starts on October 21 and 22. The Cataclysm expansion was launched at Blizzcon 2009 and the case is similar with this one as they had a trademark filed a few months earlier.
We’re sure to have more news about Mists of Pandaria when Blizzcon kicks off in October. Now, tell me, who else is excited at the possibility of a panda-focused World of Warcraft expansion for the time being?