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10-22-2011 @ 10:40AM
"It's nice to see that the upcoming expansion will see as much attention to story detail as Cataclysm – and that the precedent set by the leader short stories will continue on with more lore on the official Blizzard website as time goes on. "It would be nice to see some of it actually occur in-game, as opposed to via third party means. And as for Cataclysm's story detail; if you aren't aware or don't care to know what Blizzard puts out beyond the parameters of the game itself, you'll have a hard time knowing what the hell is going on.I'm asuming for MoP, Blizzard are going to be mining Chinese myth, Japanese feudal history, and James Clavell for their stories. Not that this is a bad thing. Whether they can tie it all plausibly into existing WoW lore without it feeling tacked on, will be the test. And if they accomplish it within the game, rather than expecting people to buy novellas and comics, I'll be amazed.
10-22-2011 @ 11:32AM
They did a decent enough job with Kalimdor and Northrend in Warcraft 3. I'm sure they'll have no trouble introducing another new and unique landmass with its own lore.Granted, an Asian-themed setting is a bit more exotic than what you typically see in a Western fantasy setting. Arguably not as exotic as Outland, though.Blizzard already seems to be handling this new setting with a great amount of care and respect to Chinese culture, so I have high hopes, personally.It'll also be great to see some stuff that's actually new to World of Warcraft, instead of extrapolating from RTS games that are tens-of-years old.
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