Blizzard Filed Trademark for Mist of Pandaria, Starts Rumors of Next World of Warcraft ExpansionBy Menard Osena on Aug 7, 2011 in Gaming, Internet, North America, Opinion, Technology, United States, World •
Update: October 22, 2011 3:59 PM (GMT+8)
Blizzard confirms Mist of Pandaria as the fourth expansion of World of Warcraft.
Blizzard filed for a trademark for Mists of Pandaria at the United States Trademark and Patent Office last July 28, 2011.
According to several gaming news sites, Blizzard, makers of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft game franchises, filed a trademark application stating that it intends to use the Mists of Pandaria name in computer game software, computer game discs, interactive multimedia computer game program and other entertainment services.
The trademark filing for Mists of Pandaria started a rumor within the World of Warcraft (WoW) gaming communities that Mists of Pandaria will be the next World of Warcraft expansion.
Rumors also circulated that the Pandaren, humanoid panda-looking adventurers from the Pandarian Empire will play a major role in this new WoW expansion.
GameSpy Network contacted Blizzard representatives to validate the Mists of Pandaria rumors but got no definite answers.
“Thanks for reaching out to us,” Blizzard replied when asked for comment by GameSpy.com. “We appreciate your interest in our trademark filings, but we’re not ready to reveal any details at this time.”
Blizzard released their newest World of Warcraft Cataclysm expansion last December 2010.
They also announced last year that their World of Warcraft MMORPG reached 12 million active subscribers.
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