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8-09-2011 @ 12:57PM
@ RoninWhy can't it be both? It could be a joke ("middle-finger" to thedata-miners would be in the same vein) that they know will generatepress for the game at a time with SWTOR is being ramped up while atthe same time giving them a plausible out to say that they never"intended" to announce anything (the actual anticipated effect doesnot have to be the same as the official "intended" effect). And nomatter WHAT it is (whether a complex joke or something that actuallyis a step toward the real name of the next expansion) you can becertain that Blizzard's PR and marketing departments are observingevery comment made on any website they can locate because, all pressis good press (whether intended or not).There is absolutely nothing that prevents them from intentionallyplanting something that they know will (or likely will) be interpreteda certain way with the intention of throwing us off the trail,breaking the market's habit of trying to peek under the wrapper orjust safely testing the concept in such a way that they can completelyback away from it later.It would not surprise me at all if they wanted to set up a false lead(intended) and chose Panderans as the false lead to set up justbecause they thought it might be funny. And anyone who is putting outopinions that "they couldn't / wouldn't / shouldn't do that" hasabsolutely no way of knowing it, even if they turn out to be right.They are, at the moment, the #1 MMO in the world, and have billions inthe bank to prove it. Trust me. They have a better idea of what theyare doing than we do.
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