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Is WoW Jumping the Panda?

An interview on is a conversation with World of Warcraft production director J. Allen Brack conducted during BlizzCon 2011. They discuss the new pets and the upcoming expansion to determine if the MMORPG has jumped the shark, or in this case, the panda. Here's his take on whether kung fu pandas are a shark-jumping moment:

We donít really worry about that because we really feel that our fans are going to be really excited about it. We have the community thatís really excited about what weíre doing.

The team is really excited about doing it. So thatís really whatís important. When it comes out, itís going to be great. I can understand the concept of ďWhy isnít there a big bad guy?Ē in this expansion? But how many times can we say, ďThis bad guy is going to destroy the world now and this time itís serious? No, this guy, heís really, really, really, really bad!Ē

So taking a break from that was very conscious and just having a very different tone. Instead of Horde and Alliance, we team up to defeat the big evil. Itís about the discovery of this new land and how the conflict of the Horde and Alliance influences that. With [the continent of] Outland [in the Burning Crusade expansion] and then with Northrend [Lich King] we had these self-contained areas where players came for an adventure in the higher level. That was really successful.

With Cataclysm, we didnít have that. It was very much focused on redoing the entire levels 1-60 experience. You didnít have, ďThis is the high level area.Ē So thatís something we actually want to get back to, that kind of experience and that kind of visual.

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12. Re: Is WoW Jumping the Panda? Nov 8, 2011, 15:22 MrGrosser
Sorry, I was joking. I got Cata the day it came out. Within a month or two, I was done. The game changed from what used to be fun, yet sometimes tedious to just tedious all the time.

I realize they hit their cap right around 11-12million whatever it was.. but that has to almost in half by now. All the stories of Cata sucks, now Kung Fu Panda.

And to the guy saying the similarities to Kung Fu Panda is silly.. have you seen the Mists of Pandarian video??? It is straight off the Kung Fu Panda 2 DVD.. and I even heard they got Jack Black to play the voices of some of the pandas in the expansion (ok that part is bullshit) but seriously. The pets, the mounts, and now pandas.. just to much. Its not a game anymore, it is who has the most mounts, who has the rarest pets... and sometimes you pull together 10 people to go down a boss that no one knows anything about and you wipe 3 times and rage quit.

/end rant
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