World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 4th Expansion Announced

The all-new 4th WoW expansion, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, has finally been announced at BlizzCon 2011! This is the follow-up to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Before Cataclysm, there was World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade.

Shrouded in fog since the world was sundered more than ten thousand years ago, the ancient realm of Pandaria has remained unspoiled by war. Its lush forests and cloud-ringed mountains are home to a complex ecosystem of indigenous races and exotic creatures. It is the homeland of the enigmatic Pandaren, a race that celebrates life to the fullest even while under siege by an ancient menace.

The new continent reveals itself to a broken world just as the Alliance and Horde are spiraling ever closer to a war that will consume all of Azeroth. Will the mists of Pandaria part to reveal the world’s salvation? Or will the battle to control this rich and breathtaking new land push the two mighty factions over the brink of war and into total annihilation? The answers await within Pandaria’s mysterious shores!

Here is the debut trailer for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria!

Key features of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria include:
All-new Pandaren Race! – Play as the noble and enigmatic Pandaren, a new race available to both Horde and Alliance players, and discover the secrets of their ancient and mystical homeland.
All-new Monk Class – Unleash the martial might of the Monk, a new character class that joins the roster of available classes in World of Warcraft!
Level-Cap Raised to Level 90! – Ascend to new heights of power as your characters reach Level 90 and learn brand-new, powerful class abilities.
Challenge Modes – Master the new Challenge Mode, compare your best times with your friends, and gain amazing rewards for your character.
Pet Battle System – Level up your vanity pets, teach them new abilities and challenge your friends to friendly Pet Battles.
Scenarios – Join forcdes with your fellow heroes and embark on epic Scenarios that will challenge you like never before!
Talent Calculator – Customize your character with the new and improved Talent System.
All-new Zones!
Hundreds of New Quests!

Here are the new zones you can expect to explore!

The Wandering Isle
Separated from Pandaria for millennia, the Wandering Isle meanders the oceans of Azeroth. When the weather changes unexpectedly on the Isle and it begins erratically spiraling toward the Maelstrom, the elders at the Temple of Five Dawns request the aid of four elemental spirits to unravel the mystery. Heroes must figure out the cause of the land’s illness before the entire island plunges into the abyss!

The Jade Forest
After a devastating naval battle, survivors from both the Horde and Alliance wash up onto the tree-lined shores of the Jade Forest. Surrounded by wilderness, they must form alliances with the natives if they wish to survive. Along the way, they will meet the pandaren… along with some of the greater powers that protect and shape Pandaria.

Valley of the Four Winds
A tranquil plain of lush farmland, bordered by dense mysterious jungles along the south and impassible mountains to the north. The valley is considered the “breadbasket” of Pandaria, but the year’s harvest is in jeopardy and a terrible malaise has overcome the pandaren that live along the coast. The valley is also the home of the legendary Stormstout Brewery, where Chen Stormstout and his niece Li Li hope to journey to discover the whereabouts of their long-lost ancestors.

Kun-Lai Summit
High atop the frigid northern peaks of the Kun-Lai Summit looms the Temple of the Tiger, an ancient training ground protected by an elite force of martial priests, along with the spirit of the White Tiger itself. Deeper into the mountains is the hideout of the Shado-pan: a mysterious order charged with protecting Pandaria from the dark things buried beneath its surface. When the isolated people of Kun-Lai are threatened by marauders from the west and a Zandalari troll menace invading its northern shores, they turn to the Alliance and Horde for help.

Townlong Steppes
Separated from the rest of Pandaria by the Great Wall, the rampaging mantid people of the Townlong Wastes devour everything in their path in order to build their own crystalline empire of ruthless warriors and scheming feudal lords. The pandaren are left reeling when the mantid’s thousand-year cycle of aggression kicks off a hundred years too early and their greatest warriors burst through the great wall. The beleaguered pandaren must now face the worst swarm in recorded history while trying to isolate the cause of the mantid’s erratic behavior.

Vale of Eternal Blossoms
The ancient seat of the pandaren empire has been hidden for generations, shrouded in mists and walled-off by impassible mountains. The waters of the Vale are believed to have mystical powers… which has attracted the attention of ancient enemies as well as power-hungry factions within the Alliance and Horde. What secrets lie buried below this mystical font of power?