The release of the new World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria is fast approaching, and this week Blizzard displayed the opening cinematic to the game at the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany. As always, Blizzard’s cinematic team has some cutting-edge CGI to show off and we thought it was worth your time to take a look at

The trailer reveals the opening cinematic sequence to “Mists of Pandaria.” Described as a lost continent shrouded in fog, Pandaria is inhabited by a race called the Pandaren. The upcoming release is the fourth expansion pack of the uber-popular game.

“World of Warcraft” is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) which was released in November 2004. Expansion packs include “The Burning Crusade,” “Wrath of the Lich King” and “Cataclysm.”

In August, Blizzard Entertainment reported 9.1 million subscribers. “World of Warcraft” holds the Guinness World Record for the Most Popular Subscription-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role Player Game.” 

“World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria” is expected to be released on Sept. 25, 2012.