World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria announced

Blizzard has just announced the next expansion pack for its World of Warcraft MMO. Titled "Mists of Pandaria," this is quite possibly the most colorful addition to the WOW world so far. The expansion pack introduces a new continent, and a new monk class. Also, there's pandas. (Seriously!)

You can expect new challenge mode dungeons, PVE scenarios, and a pet battle system in the expansion. The level cap will also be raised to 90.

The Pandaren race be played as either Alliance or Horde. However, it doesn't happen at character creation. Instead, you'll be able to make your selection after the introductory quest chain. According to WOW Insider, "once the stage has been set and you see where the lines of war have been drawn, you will choose which faction represents your interests best."

Our own Xav DeMatos is at BlizzCon right now. Stay tuned to Shacknews for further breaking news and updates.

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