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8-07-2011 @ 6:08PM
I can haz Panda?! Yes, I do believe so.I've come across a leak that was posted back in march:http://daeity.blogspot.com/2011/03/huge-news.htmlAccording to that, Pandaren will be playable, and a new hero class is coming too. Monks I reckon.
8-07-2011 @ 9:53PM
crazy link, I'm sad to see the other posts were deleted before the blog was shut down.
8-07-2011 @ 7:02PM
Interesting how the next installment of that blog is the last one...
8-07-2011 @ 7:15PM
I wonder what sort of public archives this guy was talking about that he was finding this information in.
8-07-2011 @ 8:10PM
POS AM, 10Q and 10Q/A fileings, 424As 40Fs and so on and onin there you occasionaly find tidbits like "Expansions to existing Virtual Goods Stores and auction house for upcomeing mmo""Existing virual sales modle for existing mmo is not transferable to upcomeing project"(I suspect this was in referance to DIII)Upcomeing olg virtual market may be unique to it. (DIII)upcomeing mmo developers plan to "obsolete" 3rd party market. (editorial note, good luck with that unless you plan to allow no player to player trading whatsoever)"additional services, fees, and subscription enhancments are in planing or development""Current and ongoing plans for the 2 follow up expansions of World of Warcraft""only 2 expansions in planing or develpment for ongoing mog" (that was back when Cataclysm was still being developed and in no way means that whatever it is is the last one, they have long said that they realy only have 2 expansions that they work on at any given time, the current one and the next one)
8-07-2011 @ 10:12PM
What's really interesting to me is I can only find a single reference to this blog entry before yesterday. It was from March 28th, and at the time, the blog entry was titled "HUGE NEWS - TITAN MMO DETAILS" instead of "HUGE NEWS!"Hmmm....
8-08-2011 @ 2:10AM
Stating that Pandaria would be featured in the next expansion even before the MoP Copyright was like flipping a coin and saying "Tails."
8-08-2011 @ 2:45AM
There's already a Monk-type class in Warcraft lore - check out Runemasters.
8-08-2011 @ 3:32AM
Interesting, but missing some points.Blizzard has stated, for example, that we'll be returning to a continent for the next Xpac. Maybe I'm being too literal...but island hopping doesn't sound like a continent.You suggest Pandarens will be available to both sides. I would suggest this might be a fair premise if Blizzard were to let the silhouette system go. They could do that, but probably won't...nor is there any reason to. The opinion that there will be an outcry from whicveer faction doesn't get Pandanre is one that has been made before. There will be, but there'd be an outcry no matter which faction got which race.After all, the idea that pandaren are "neutral" came from the RPG. Which isn't necessarily canon.We also don't know if Pandaria is east or west of Kalimdor. Blizzrad could reshape the world easily enough to accomodate a new continent - but why bother when theres an entire ocean it can place it in with no upheaval? It'd make no gameplay difference....just dictate who the big bads were. A Pandaria west of Kalimdor would be less likely to face Azshara.
8-08-2011 @ 10:56AM
Would it be possible to have 2 flavors of Pandaren? One being a Giant Panda model, and the other one akin to a red panda. I know that red pandas aren't related to the giant panda, but if they implemented this type of system, then both horde and alliance could have Pandaren, just different models and thus different silhouettes.
8-08-2011 @ 7:12PM
@ adamjgp:Theres literally no point in doing so. Unless Blizzard abandons the silhouette system, then any playable Pandaren will belong to just one faction. Going the Red panda option simply leaves one side with "fakes".The question is whether Blizzard will make Pandaren playable. Nothing is certain, but the player base has requested this for 6 years. Longer even. And given the previous reports stating Blizzard were going to make the race playable (a long time ago), there seems little indication Blizzard would turn away from that.So long as the Chinese issues have been resolved anyway and, AFAIK, they have. If so, that playable nature would be a very strong hook and while you would get elements of one faction crying "Foul", that'd happen anyway.
8-08-2011 @ 9:42PM
@KrytAt this point, why should Blizz care if China gives a rat's ass about playable Pandarens? China just gave a big F U to Blizz with that Theme Park with Blizz's IP all over it and none of it authorized by Blizz. Let's not forget the forced gold-farming in China's prisons and all that crap Blizz had to do just to get WoW okayed there, once again only to have China screw them over with a copyright violating Theme Park.On topic: I don't want Pandarens for either side, I just don't care enough about them to have them be playable. I'd rather Blizz put their efforts into updating the current races to the quality of Goblins and Worgen, updating neglected zones (Arathi Highlands is calling, they want their updates too), and giving us quality endgame content (new BGs, Raids, Dungeons, Arenas, and Quests). I'd also rather not get a new class. Just open up the current classes to more races (especially poor Gnomes, they really got the "short" end of the class stick) and make each spec stand out almost as a different class from the other specs. Right now the only class in the game that feels different when you change specs is the Druid (and not just for the cosmetic reasons). Balance gets a new resource, Feral has totally different gear, and Resto is solid by itself. You can't say the same for the other classes, especially the "Pure" classes. I'm still wondering where the freedom of choice is in the talent trees that we were promised, almost every player of the same spec has an identical spec for PvE or PvP depending on their playground of choice.
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