We're sure you're all familiar with the rumors that Blizzard's
latest World of Warcraft
expansion, Mists of Pandaria
, had been seeing some trouble in China due to its depictions of pandas having the stuffing beaten out of them. Well, it looks like we can finally put those rumors to rest because the Chinese Ministry of Culture has approved Chinese web operator NetEase
to operate the game (humorously Google-translated as World of Warcraft: Panda Man of Mystery
; can we get a title change?) in the territory.
This is a stark contrast to previous expansions Wrath of the Lich King
, which was delayed in China for two years, and Cataclysm
, which didn't hit the People's Republic until July of this year. The game's Chinese approval is good news for Blizzard considering the recent loss of around a million WoW subscribers
. There doesn't seem to be an official Chinese release date for Panda Man of Mystery
yet, but North American and European players will get their hands on it later this month on September 25th.