Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Video game news: New WoW expansion, Skyrim CE and more

Will Mists of Pandaria be the next expansion for World of Warcraft?

Last week, Blizzard Entertainment trademarked the name Mists of Pandaria. Speculation has begun about World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria being the next expansion for the nearly seven year old franchise. Lately, player base has been diminishing. It is plausible that Blizzard developers have decided to bring in the Pandaren, a mythical race of beer drinking Kung Fu Pandas, to lure some of the prodigal players back. Everything is purely rumor and speculation now. Don your tinfoil hat and read this excellent post from Anne Stickney at Wow Insider. In this Know Your Lore column, she breaks down the possibility of the Mists of Pandaria actually being the next ex-pac. My personal opinion is that Pandaren should not be a playable race. They're neutral and could kick anyone's butt, why join a faction?! If anything, open Pandaria up for exploration. The Cataclysm rocked the entirety of Azeroth, not just the side of the globe we see when we hit M.

More after the jump.

Bethesda releases specs for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collectors Edition
Skyrim will be released on November 11 and is available for pre-order now. You can get the collector's edition for Xbox 360, Playstations 3 and PC. Bethesda has said that the Collector's Edition is extremely limited, as it contains some high quality features. With the CE, you get:

Alduin Statue. Created in conjunction with the IP Factory, this collector’s only statue stands 12” tall and is made of high quality PVC. Modeled from actual in-game 3D digital files, it showcases Alduin, the World Eater. He stands perched atop one the game’s many dragon walls that teach the player the lethal language of dragons.
‘The Art of Skyrim’ Official Art Book. Featuring over 200 pages of striking, full-color illustrations, sketches and models, this stunning 9 3/8” x 12 1/8” coffee table book showcases the characters, creatures, environments, and weaponry of Skyrim. With a foreword by game director Todd Howard and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists, readers will be guided through the game’s iconic visual style.

‘The Making of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ DVD. This documentary DVD contains exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage, including interviews with the Bethesda Game Studios team as they take you from concept to creation and provide insights into the story, gameplay, setting, legacy of the Elder Scrolls franchise, and much more.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector's Edition retails for $149.99.

Freddy Krueger DLC available today
Okay, this one is kind of left field for me. How in the hell did Freddy end up in Mortal Kombat? Regardless, he is available for download today on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 for Mortal Kombat. Freddy will set you back 400 Microsoft points or $4.99 on the Playstation Network. You can check out some of the gameplay in this trailer which was released at Comic-Con.

 If you're not currently playing World of Warcraft, check your a Battle.net accounts to claim 7 days of gameplay. This is given mostly when your account has been idle for several weeks. I'm going to be checking out the Elemental Bonds quest chain involving Thrall and the Firelands.

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