Blizzard's main font of attention right now certainly involves pudgy pandas punching everything in sight, but an interview by Curse with Blizzard vice president of game design Rob Pardo reveals the developer plowing full steam ahead with its mysterious Titan MMO project using a team of over 100 people.
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
At last night's Mist of Pandaria launch event we sat down with Blizzard's Scott Mercer and and Darren Williams to chat about the thinking behind the monk class, challenge modes, and the new continent itself. Find out why Blizzard chose now to bring the Pandaren into World of Warcraft, and what role the expanding Chinese MMO market played in Pandaria's origins (hint: less than you think.)
Mists of Pandaria is the fourth World of Warcraft expansion, taking the eternal sort-of-battle between Horde and Alliance to a brand new, Asian themed corner of Azeroth. Most of the classic species have been to night-school to learn the ways of the Monk, while both Horde and Alliance welcome a new member - the neutral Pandaren, whose homeland is about to be torn apart by several million kill-crazy players in search of gold, glory and ever tougher monsters to beat into a fine paste.
But can this new world turn around World of Warcraft's recent fortunes, or is it just pandaren to the crowds? Join us here all week for regular dispatches from the furry frontier.
Hours linger before World of Warcraft's fourth expansion, Mists of Pandaria, rolls into sight like a barrel of brew. If punchy pandas, flippable tables, and melodramatic attack callouts during companion pet battles represent the scope of your expectations for Pandaria, you're missing out. Like an enigmatic kung-fu grandmaster wistfully stroking his carpet beard, Blizzard broadens your knowledge with an enlightening look at the expansion's full range of proffered content. Have a watch inside and read up on our interview with Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street on the yin-yang design decisions behind Pandaria.
Mists of Pandaria launches this very night! From 8:00pm (BST), players will descend on London's confusingly-named Café de Paris to cheer in the latest expansion to Blizzard's venerable MMORPG. To get you in the celebratory spirit, they've kindly offered to give away a haul of Pandaria-flavoured kit.
Evan returns from the depths of space to join Tyler, Omri, and T.J. in discussing all things Project Eternity. Also kind of a lot of things are coming out right now, and we go over the big ones including Torchlight II, Borderlands 2, FTL, Black Mesa, and Mists of Pandaria. You'll also not just hear, but experience, updates on what's going on with BioWare and Bohemia, a new special segment in which T.J. administers shotgun blasts to the face to all of his coworkers, and extended FTL and XCOM discussion in Playlists.
Mists of Pandaria, the latest expansion to MMOdom's longest-reigning king, is just days away. We caught up with World of Warcraft lead systems designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street and talked at length about everything the new expansion is bringing to the table. Check out the full, mega-sized interview for answers to your most pressing, directly and tangentially panda-related questions!
BradyGames have announced their Official Strategy Guide for Mists of Pandaria, and, to celebrate, they're letting us give away seven of them.
Picking up the "Host Three PCG Podcasts" achievement, T.J. once again leads a party of daring journalist-adventurers into the deep and dank dungeons of the week's PC gaming goings-on. We talk the unforgettable moments of PAX (both the good, and the ones we wish were slightly more forgettable), the closure of City of Heroes, whether or not Steam should be catering to your sexy time fix, and how T.J. would like to punch story writer Sean Vanaman repeatedly in the abdomen so he can see how it feels to be on the receiving end of The Walking Dead Episode 3.
Blizzard just blasted the internet with an invite (sans lacy doily, sadly) to launch events for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria to be held around the globe on September 24, the eve of its launch. Fans will gather, giveaways will happen, and - alright, fine, let's get it out of the way: it's pandamonium.
Blizzard's massive 5.0.4 update for World of Warcraft hit servers today, bringing significant overhauls to the MMO's talent system and class design as a forerunner for Mists of Pandaria's release on September 25.
At the moment, if you want to fight evil as a Goblin or Worgen you need Cataclysm, and it seemed like pandas would only be for those willing to pay the fee to step through the Mists of Pandaria. But no. As of September 25th, any World of Warcraft player will be able to play as any of Azeroth's races from the start - though not all of its classes - regardless of whether you've bought any expansions.
The Mists of Pandaria release date was revealed last month. The panda invasion will kick off on September 25. To help World of Warcraft fans ready themselves for the furry apocalypse, Blizzard have released the Mists of Pandaria intro cinematic. As we've seen from Diablo 3 and Cataclysm, Blizzard are really, really good at this sort of thing. If you've ever wanted to watch a panda school an Orc in the art of combat, you'll want to give this one a watch.
That's not quite as bad as it may sound - there are still 9.1 million people left in Azeroth, and things are understandably in a bit of a slump until Mists of Pandaria. Still, ouch. Somewhat amusing though is Blizzard's definition of 'alternative gaming experience to World of Warcraft' - Diablo 3. Just Diablo 3. Because why would anyone even look elsewhere for a game? Pfft! That's crazy talk!
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria's release date is September 25! Are you ready to be a Panda? You've got a few months to prepare before Wow's next big expansion arrive. Mists of Pandaria introduces a new race, the Pandaren, a new starting zone based on the back of a huge turtle, new mounts, new quests, new skills, a new class. Here's everything you need to know about Mists of Pandaria, and here's Blizzard lore builder Chris Metzen on why YOU are the real monsters in this brave new world of adorable bears wearing hats and doing martial arts. Need to know more? Here's our PvP guide, our look at Mists of Pandaria's endgame and our video preview.
Some of the greatest figures in mankind's history have flipped tables to prove their dominance. Jesus flipped tables in the temple with a giant whip in his hands. Chow Yun Fat flipped tables defensively pretty much every time he fought. That one guy from the Transporter movies flipped tables at the generic baddies trying to stop him from transporting something.
Okay, that list sort of fell apart at the end, but that doesn't change the fact that throwing a table makes a point that cannot be ignored: you are current raging and people better watch out.
You can now make that same powerful statement in World of Warcraft's Mists of Pandaria beta, where WoW Insider just uncovered the latest item added: a flippable table.
The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria news has grown from a trickle to a scenic, Kung Fu movie waterfall lately. More details of the upcoming expansion flow down a picturesque mountainside into a... place where my metaphor starts to fall apart. Among these are the revelation of the long-speculated-upon Pandaren racial mount, the imposing polygons of the next tier of raid armor, and a huge boost to the number of daily quests you can complete in 24 hours.
World of Warcraft's shiny new tech will allow you to group with players from other servers in the open world. Cross-server zones, going live on the Mists of Pandaria beta servers shortly, are meant to alleviate problems with low-level zones being too underpopulated for newbies and alt-levelers to find groups.
Earlier this week the Mists of Pandaria embargo lifted, and an entire zoo worth of panda facts bounded out into the wild to frolic among the internets. Blizzard have revealed tons about the new battlegrounds, the fresh continent, the new class and the new race, the Pandaren themselves. For a comprehensive run down, here's everything you need to know about Mists of Pandaria. To get a good look at the new zones, check out our video preview and the new zones footage.
A beta testing session is "very close," according to a post on Battle.Net, and you can sign up for a chance to be among the first explorers of Pandaria. If you have a Battle.Net account, and a game attached to it, you can sign up for the beta on the Opt In page.
When Blizzard announced that they were ditching the talent tree system from World of Warcraft, they proved that there was no aspect of the MMORPG that they weren’t willing to shine a critical light on. Talent trees were one of WoW’s great innovations, and a model that has been borrowed wholesale by almost every game to chase WoW’s crown - but even then they weren’t safe from the march of progress.
Yet in other areas, Blizzard have been accused of falling behind the times. Traditional subscription-based MMOs are in decline, with the majority of the old guard gradually transitioning to a free to play model that has proven itself, and no longer necessarily indicates a game in desperate straits. We asked game producer John Lagrave whether WoW’s payment system was next under the microscope.