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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria - Future Shop Launch Photos!

by Blogger ‎09-30-2012 09:49 PM - edited ‎09-30-2012 09:49 PM

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This week saw the release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, the latest expansion pack for the world's most popular online role-playing game, and 61 Future Shop stores across the country opened their doors early to celebrate the occasion.  I had a chance to visit the flagship store in downtown Toronto to chat with fans, see all the Mists of Pandaria giveaways, and of course take photos of this much-anticipated gaming launch. 

 

Fans lined up early for the opportunity to get their hands on the latest expansion of the World of Warcraft, with the first group arriving an amazing seventeen hours before the 11:59pm doors open.  The first two fans in line, John McLean and Goce Petrevski, told me that they've been looking forward to the the Mists of Pandaria expansion for many months, and they had also lined up early back in 2010 for the launch of last World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm

 

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Gamers John McLean and Goce Petrevski were among the first in Canada to pick-up of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

 

The passion these two displayed, and the other many gamers in line, is a testament to the staying power of the World of Warcraft, a game that came out nearly eight years ago. 

 

I was hoping to find at least a few individuals brave enough to wear a panda suit in honour of Mists of Pandaria's new race, the Pandaren, and wasn't disappointed. This mysterious anthropomorphic race of pandas that are the focal point of Mists of Pandaria give the expansion pack a jovial, light-hearted feel, which contrasts greatly with Wrath of the Lich King's and Cataclysm's darker tone.  Not only were there a few panda hats wore, but one fan created an entire outfit just for the occasion:

 

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A Pandaren rides the TTC home to play Mists of Pandaria

 

Future Shop had plenty of giveaways for fans who lined up for the midnight openings across Canada.  These giveaways included a Limited Edition Future Shop exclusive World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria SteelBooks, branded mouse pads and branded posters.  There were two versions of the game for sale, the Collector's Edition which includes many additional bonuses, and the regular edition.  See here for a run-down of each edition. 

 

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A cart containing many Mists of Pandaria Collector's Edition boxes

 

It was another successful launch for one of gaming's most celebrated franchises.  Even with World of Warcraft subscriptions declining, the game clearly has lasting power and is easily one of the longest running PC games in history. 

 

For more photos of the Toronto launch event, be sure to check out the bottom of this post.

 

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is out now on DVD-ROM for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh.  The expansion pack is developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment.

 

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is rated T for Teen.

 

For more information, or to purchase the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion set, please visit one of the futureshop.ca product pages below:

 

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Warships of the Alliance and Horde clash off the coast of a lost continent, scattering shipwrecked survivors across the shores of an exotic new frontier.


 

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Warships of the Alliance and Horde clash off the coast of a lost continent, scattering shipwrecked survivors across the shores of an exotic new frontier.


 

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Venture forth to Pandaria with all the knowledge within your grasp thanks to the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Signature Series Guide. Going in-depth on every facet of the game, this guide covers all 11 classes and 13 races as well as some pro tips for PvP battles and the new game modes. It's a must for any serious WOW player!


 


More Mists of Pandaria launch photos (Toronto Future Shop location):

 

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Fans line-up outside the Future Shop downtown Toronto location

 

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First gamers in line come up the elevator in the Future Shop store

 

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The Future Shop exclusive Steel Book case

 

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A fan wearing a panda hat waits in line

 

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A fan buying his copy of Mists of Pandaria

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