A new trailer for World of Warcraft‘s Mists of Pandaria expansion has been released, and it’s the one fans have been eagerly anticipating. As with any Blizzard release it isn’t truly real until the unveiling of the opening cinematic of the game, or in this case, cinematic that sets the scene for a new world and race of characters. That’s what we have for you today, Mists of Pandaria’s cinematic trailer.
The purpose of the trailer is to introduce players to the Pandaren, the Panda-like race of martial arts masters who reside in Pandaria, the newest starting zone for World of Warcraft. It begins, however, with a few of WoW‘s more familiar races, as they encounter Pandaria much like MMO players will when they fire up the expansion.
Despite a cute and kid-friendly design in game, the Pandaren featured in the trailer battles with a balletic grace and conservation of movement that is breathtaking to witness. Kung Fu Panda this is not, or at least not in this cinematic trailer.
Unfortunately, a lot of what is teased in the trailer isn’t entirely indicative of the finished product, a quandary faced when releasing any cinematic trailer. Yes, the Pandaren, especially the new monk class, rely in the use of their firsts more so than weapons, but this is still an MMO.
There actually isn’t all that great of a look at Pandaria — the brightly colored, lush landscape with a very Asian-inspired design. Most of the “fighting” that takes place in the trailer is focused on the ruins in Pandaria, meant to make the full reveal of the starting world more poignant.
Still, this is a new World of Warcraft expansion, which does a lot more than introduce a new race and class into the game. It brings with it a new level cap, new quests, and tons more reasons for players who left after mining Cataclysm of all of its entertainment to return. There’s even a spiffy Limited Edition of the expansion that includes several worthwhile goodies.
What do you think of the new cinematic trailer for World of Warcraft‘s Mists of Pandaria expansion? Will this expansion bring WoW fans back into the fold yet again?
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria releases September 25, 2012 for the PC.
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