Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hints That Mists of Pandaria is the Next WoW Expansion

Here are a few hints that have been circulating the WoW community about Mists of Pandaria possibly being announced as the next WoW expansion tomorrow at the opening ceremonies of BlizzCon 2011.

(1)Trademark Registration Date
"Mists of Pandaria" was filed by Blizzard Entertainment on July 28, 2011. That is approximately 3 months before BlizzCon 2011. In previous BlizzCons, Blizzard has announced something big in each. Trademarks for Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm expansions were filed about two years apart and only a few months before the BlizzCons where they were announced.

(2)Goods and Services Type for Trademark
"Mists of Pandaria" was filed as a trademark for "computer game software; computer game discs; computer game software and related instruction manuals and guides sold together as a unit; downloadable computer game software..."

(3)Statements From Blizzard
When the MoP rumors started generating hype, Blizzard employees did not confirm, but rather dodged questions regarding Mists of Pandaria as the next WoW expansion. Recently however, J. Allen Brack let slip that Pandas "sounds like something we may be talking about at BlizzCon."

Whether Mists of Pandaria is the next World of Warcraft expansion or not, Blizzard has definitely done a great job of keeping players in suspense until the BlizzCon announcement.

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