Canada has been left off the list of countries in which Blizzard intends to have its global launch celebrating the upcoming release of World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™. Disappointed? yes but according to WOWWiki.com Canada grouped into “North America/United States” ranks as the number two countries that play World Of Warcraft (stats approximate and taken in late 2011) at 3 million even at a 60/40 split Canada would still has 1.2 million players which would put it in 3rd rank above the UK. So why is Canada being left out of the global launch parties being held by Blizzard? with even the United stats having only one city being part of the launch party it seems like a low key event.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
IRVINE, Calif. – Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled plans for several official global launch events celebrating the upcoming release of World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™. Beginning on the evening of 24th September, 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 UK, the launch event will take place in London:
Mexico City, Mexico
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Attendees will be treated to a stage presentation featuring an evening of activities, special guests, giveaways, and entertainment – including a Mists of Pandaria procession – before the expansion goes on sale at 11:00 p.m. For further details on each of the global launch events, visit www.blizzard.com/company/events/.
“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 (suggested retail price £29.99) as well as the retail exclusive Collector’s Edition (suggested retail price £59.99), which contains the following bonus items in addition to the game disc:
· A 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 Battle.net® 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
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 returning World 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.
For more information about World of Warcraft and Mists of Pandaria, visit http://www.worldofwarcraft.com.
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