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10-19-2011 @ 11:07AM
So I guess if we do get Pandaren as a playable race & as a neutral/available to both sides. Would this be the first step toward a neutrality for players as a whole?I know it doesn't seem to be WoW's style but neutrality is everywhere from the groups like the Argent Crusade to my character being Neutral with Gilneas joining the Alliance.The whole concept really seems like one step away.
10-19-2011 @ 11:18AM
I think it would be kind of cool if there was some sort of internal rift in the Pandaren community, with some joining the Horde and some the Alliance. You share a starting area, but depending on which faction you choose your initial quest line is different.
10-19-2011 @ 11:20AM
Yup, that would make the most sense.
10-19-2011 @ 11:26AM
While Blizzard usually answers things in a "We have no plans for this" type of fashion, the neutral race concept is one they've been pretty clear on. It's not going to happen. I doubt we're getting a new player race in the next expansion since Goblins and Worgen are still fresh and new. If Pandas are involved I think they're going to be an NPC race like the Tol'vir or the Kaluak, but probably with a more central point in the story rather than a side quest or a single zone.
10-19-2011 @ 11:29AM
"Neutrality is everywhere" because it saves development time anf game space to have quests and
10-19-2011 @ 11:31AM
(Whoops, premature postulation.)Neutrality is everywhere" because it saves development time and game space to have quests and reps available to both factions.
10-19-2011 @ 11:36AM
Blizzard said goblins came close to being a neutral race. If pandaren were playable, they'd be the perfect choice. I'd think Alliance Pandaren would have very noticeable blue auras and power effects, and Horde Pandaren red auras and power effects. Blizzard has always maintained that the way expansions work with new races, then a new world with a hero class, then new races, is merely a matter of happenstance. They don't design with this pattern in mind. I've been playing wow since 2004, and besides Deathknights being playable, I wanted Demon Hunters, Blademasters (which warriors pretty much cover but some cosmetic blade master gear would rock, and Pandaren.I am guessing mists of pandaria is their upcoming graphic novel or book series, but they've never bought a patent for a book title before. There's no real reason to rule them out at all, or being neutral out.
10-19-2011 @ 11:47AM
Elrith, the trademark specified it was for a video game, and extended to cover DVD-ROM media, so it's a safe bet that's the expansion.
10-19-2011 @ 12:23PM
Here's a thought---a new trasforming item. If the Pandarans are in the next xpac as a neutral faction, mybe upon attainig exalted with them we get acces to an exclusive Pandarin Brew, that will transform us into a Pandaran, ala the dark iron brew or Dartols rod? As a collecter of thaings that turn me into other things I would be one very happy bamboo muncher.
10-19-2011 @ 12:22PM
Using the same race as an addition for both factions feels rather short-changing, tbh. I'd much rather have two brand new races than just the same one for both sides.
10-19-2011 @ 1:44PM
I guess you could say that if they were giving the same race for both sides, it would feel like less, in some aspect. I think there would be too big a shit storm if one side got pandas. It would make sense somewhat, to roll out pandas with the mists of panderia. Since it's too good to be true, and I want it to happen, it probably won't. But I could see how it could fit in.
10-19-2011 @ 4:50PM
@RevynnYou know what Blizzard has also said they'll never do? Old World Flying and Faction Changes come immediately to mind. Transmog, also, I believe. I think having both factions on a PvP server was also once a "never gonna do."I'm not saying that neutral Pandas are going happen, I'm just saying that Blizzard's track record on this sort of thing isn't encouraging.
10-19-2011 @ 6:22PM
They didn't say they'd never do those things. They said "we have no plans at this time". There's an important distinction.
10-19-2011 @ 9:08PM
I dare say the story will be the horde come in and destroy the panderps, so nobody gets to be them, or they'll just be teachers and players can't roll them. I'm seeing this being more a class than a race expansion tbh.
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