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8-09-2011 @ 10:19AM
The problem with the joke theory is that it doesn't hold up to closer examination:We can be fairly confident that Blizzard is going to be announcing an expansion at Blizzcon. All the previous expansions were announced less than a year after the release of the previous one, and the pattern has been every two years: 2005 for BC, 2007 for LK, 2009 for Cat. That being said, Blizzard is going to have to trademark the name of the expansion beforehand. (Otherwise, they run the risk of someone else grabbing it.) They've got a little more than two months to do that now.That would mean that they went to all this trouble just fool us for a few weeks, tops.Not to mention that a fake is lose/lose for them. There have been two (entirely predictable) reactions to the announcement: excitement and anger. If it's a fake, the people who are excited about it will be disappointed and angry when that's revealed, and the people who are angry would have gotten worked up for no reason. Why would Blizzard want to generate all that ill-will?The final nail in the coffin is the media: this little bit of a leak gets people talking, gets articles out there, and generates buzz. If it's a fake, considerably less attention will be given to the "real" announcement later. (In fact, at that point, the media story is less likely to be "Hey, here's the new expansion" than "Why did Blizzard lie?") So Blizzard would be wasting a whole lot of free advertising, and making the gaming media upset they wasted energy on a fraud.Now, none of that means this is the next expansion. As Matt mentioned, it could be a digital component to the TCG game. Others have suggested that it might be some kind of iPhone game, or maybe a Facebook game. (Both areas Blizz has talked about wanting to explore.) But regardless, they're doing something with the name, and that means that Pandaria is going to be part of the lore, one way or the other.
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