The giant panda is native to China, so it makes sense that on the eve of Mists of Pandaria, Blizzard would re-up its deal with NetEase to keep bringing World of Warcraft to China.

OK, that was a bit of a stretch, but it’s a reference we weren’t able to make when Cataclysm was coming out.

The two companies have collaborated to bring WoW to Chinese gamers since 2009, and the new deal ensures that those players will keep adventuring in Azeroth for three more years. With around half of WoW‘s 10+ million players being in Asia (as of 2008), the extension secures continued access to the game for a large chunk of its fan base.

Of course, as with all video games in China, certain guidelines need to be adhered to, such as “covering up” skeletons. Wrath of the Lich King‘s launch in China was delayed by two years, due to similar “objectionable content” that needed to be finessed into something more palatable to Chinese tastes.

Hey, good luck with those pandas!

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Jason Winter has held several positions in the tabletop and video-gaming industry since 1996, including writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and game designer. He's the former editor of Beckett Massive Online Gamer and almost considers himself competent in PvP. In addition to his work with Gamebreaker.tv, he also blogs about video games at http://jasonwinter.wordpress.com.
  • http://twitter.com/WaylandX JB

    LOL Great Info Mike!

  • Old Ben

    Before anyone says it’s silly that the Chinese want all the skeletons to be covered up, remember that in the normal (US) version of WoW, the skeletons wear underwear. Now, which one of those is weirder…?

    • http://twitter.com/JadoCast Jado Cast

      And yet Donald Duck still doesn’t wear pants.  LOL  

      • Old Ben

        And lives with his “nephews”… Disney was such a pervert.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joao-Vicente/100000881627920 João Vicente

      Wait really? chinese want skeletons to not to be skeletons and US wants pants to cover up bones? wtf? do they also cover them on school books?

      US is so weird to me… kings of gore movies and porn.. and then put underwear on a skeleton on a game… I don’t get it…

      • Old Ben

        > US wants pants to cover up bones?

        You mean you had never noticed? Go to Wowhead and search for “skeleton”, then click the NPC names to see the images or “View in 3D” to see the actual models. All the western countries use the same models, AFAIK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joao-Vicente/100000881627920 João Vicente

    Bro, i do 11.5 mil x 13€! not 15!! and the result usually comes in diamonds for some reason…

    • Old Ben

      Asian subscriptions are different. Cheaper and based on time actually played, IIRC. Only western suckers accept to pay a fixed amount regardless of how much they play. ;-)