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Is WoW Jumping the Panda?

An interview on Wired.com 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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21. Re: Is WoW Jumping the Panda? Nov 8, 2011, 16:18 PropheT
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 8, 2011, 15:25:
Actually it has 11.1 million right now, down from the peak of 12 million.

8% is almost half, right?

The numbers they're talking about are only the NA numbers, which are just a fraction of the 12 million they've touted worldwide and are the subscriptions where people actually pay a monthly subscription fee. There's a lot more detailed discussions about this where people's hearts are actually into explaining it, but the number you're talking about is basically marketing BS.

beigemore wrote on Nov 8, 2011, 14:58:
I understand why people don't care for the pandas, but saying they got the idea from Kung Fu Panda is pretty ridiculous. The Pandaren have been around since Warcraft 3.

As an April Fool's joke.

 
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