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8-09-2011 @ 1:44PM
@Aranyszin:"Is it risky? Not terribly."Couldn't disagree with you more on that. There are just so many ways this could blow up in their faces, as I've already mentioned. Fomenting rabid hate about something they don't intend to do, enraging Pandaren fans who feel like they were lead on, the press making sure every future leak or whisper is qualified with "but of course, Blizzard has been known to lie about this stuff," the real announcement getting overshadowed by reporting on the fan reaction to being fooled; the list goes on.And to what end? If they are truly worried about people picking out the real info from trademarks and want to control when the buzz starts, why not just wait and file the trademark when they're ready for people to start talking about it? I can't think of a single thing they'd get by having a fake filing that they couldn't accomplish better through a far less risky means.I'm 100% with you on this not meaning anything about the next expansion; all I'm saying is that the false lead idea makes zero sense. Blizzard filed it because they intend to do something with it; the only question is what.
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