Blizzard not worried over Pandaria feedback; ‘Our pandas are awesome’

World of Warcraft veterans may not be too pleased with the pandas to be found in the MMO’s newly announced expansion, Mists of Pandaria, but they’ll come around; “Blizzard pandas are awesome,” the developer’s confident.

“I think people will come around once they start playing it in the game,” lead encounter designer Scott Mercer said at BlizzCon this weekend.

“You’ve seen in the demo that they’re so charismatic. Playing a monk is amazing. Pandaria is gorgeous. I think it’s just a matter of time for some people.”

Some degree of negative feedback is expected, Mercer notes, but believes expectations will be surpassed: “They have preconceived notions about how cool pandas can be. But Blizzard pandas are awesome, so I’m not worried about that.”

Mists of Pandaria was announced late last week. It will take players to the continent of Pandaria and adds a new race (Pandaren) and a class (Monk) to the game.