World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Global Launch Celebration

Blizzard unveiled plans for several official global launch events celebrating the upcoming release of World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria.

Beginning on the evening of September 24, key retail partners in the US, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and the region of Taiwan will welcome gamers who will be among the first to purchase and play the highly anticipated fourth expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. 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 U.S., one of the launch events will take place in Irvine, CA:


Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Mall
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
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World of Warcraft Development Team, Live Entertainment, and Giveaways


On the evening of September 24, join Blizzard Entertainment and your fellow adventurers from the Horde and Alliance for the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria launch event at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Southern California. Before you embark on your journey to the exotic new frontier of Pandaria, celebrate with a night of epic entertainment, where you’ll have an opportunity to meet members of the development team, win great loot, enjoy a variety of events and activities, and be one of the first to get your paws on a copy of the Collector’s Edition.


  • Sunday, September 23, 9:00 p.m.
    • No line may form at GameStop before this time. No event wristbands will be distributed until product is purchased the following day. Wristbands only determine order of product pick-up. All giveaways are random.
  • Monday, September 24, 10:00 a.m.
    • GameStop opens, licensed product may be purchased and event wristbands are distributed when pre-orders are finalized.
  • Monday, September 24, 2:00 p.m.
    • Additional registers open at Giant Wheel Court, product may be purchased and event wristbands are distributed with purchase.
      NOTE: Customers who pre-ordered World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria at the GameStop in Spectrum Center must first pick up a final sales receipt at GameStop.
  • Monday, September 24, 9:00 p.m.
    • Event Kick-off at Giant Wheel Court
  • Midnight
    • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria available for pickup (FINAL SALES RECEIPT REQUIRED)
    • Blizzard autograph tables open
      NOTE: Blizzard employees will be signing one item purchased at GameStop per customer.

For further details on each of the global launch events, visit <gp_link type=”http” loc=”//”>

“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 UK 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  as well as the retail exclusive Collector’s Edition, 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® IIIbanner sigil and accent
  • A special-edition World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria mouse pad featuring Chen Stormstout, the legendary pandaren brewmaster

In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, warships of the Alliance and Horde clash off the coast of a long-lost continent, signaling the start of a new era of discovery and conquest in the history of Azeroth. As players storm the shores of this exotic new frontier and begin to explore its mysteries, they’ll encounter brave new allies, unearth ancient secrets, and play their part in reigniting the long-brewing conflict between the Horde and Alliance on a strange battlefield far from home.

Mists of Pandaria offers a wide variety of content for new and returningWorld of Warcraft players. Features include a new playable race (the pandaren) with its own starting zone and quests, a new character class (the monk), and an expansive new continent for players to explore as they adventure to the new level cap of 90. The expansion also includes a host of new gameplay elements designed to give players even more ways to enjoy the game, including scenarios – a flexible new kind of cooperative PvE trial; challenge modes, which offer high-prestige rewards for mastering Mists of Pandaria‘s 5-player dungeons; and an all-new pet battle system.

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