Blizzard Entertainment has announced a release date for World of Warcraft's new Mists of Pandaria expansion: September 25th, 2012. The expansion will add a bevy of new features including a new Pandaren race, a new class (the Monk), a new continent to explore and an exciting new pet battle feature.

Blizzard is doing something new with this expansion, offering a "digital deluxe" edition of the Mists of Pandaria that includes a few extra goodies. Customers can choose to purchase the standard Mists of Pandaria upgrade for $40 or shell out $60 for the digital deluxe edition, which features an exclusive flying mount, an exclusive pet and panda-related goodies in Diablo III and Starcraft II. Previously these kinds of extra perks were only available to customers who purchased physical Collector's Edition copies of Blizzard games; a physical Collector's Edition of Mists of Pandaria will also be available for $80 in your local retail outlets and feature additional extras, like a behind-the-scenes DVD and a mousepad featuring the new continent of Pandaria.

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