Thursday, August 11, 2011

News Filter: Blizzard Trolls The Fan Base, This Time With Ethereals

  • The hype train is ramping up as we approach Blizzcon this coming October. First there was the discovery of the trademark for Mists of Pandaria. I wasn't so sure at the time, but I'm coming around the closer we get to Blizzcon.

  • This time Blizzard decided to tease us directly. Over on their Facebook page (thanks, MMO-Champion), Blizzard released this image:

  • You can be excited about your pandas all you want, but I want to play an Ethereal. Ever since The Burning Crusade came out, I've thought that these guys were awesome. They make a great counterpoint to the money-grubbing goblins. And I love that they are such an off the wall addition to the Warcraft universe. They remind you that this is not your traditional fantasy.

  • Even if Ethereals aren't playable, I'm glad they are returning to the game. I enjoyed seeing them whenever the Consortium popped up in Outland and I can't wait for them to make their way to Azeroth.

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  1. My first thought was that I didn't know how successful the revamp of Azeroth was but ... are they going to revamp Outland???

  2. Ooh, an Outland revamp. Now that's a change I can get behind.

    Honestly, this "reveal" just strikes me as another way Blizzard is now getting to the huge backlog of things that players have requested over the years in an attempt to create a stable playerbase. But that's my inner cynic talking.

  3. @ Spinksville - Stupid me, my mind didn't even go there. That would be pretty fantastic, though. I really liked Outland.

    @ Straw Fellow - Can't blame Blizzard for pandering to the base when the base is that large. If WoW really has hit an upper limit, they need to start focusing on retention.

  4. An Outland revamp actually sounds pretty cool. I just hope to hear a release date for Diablo 3 at this years Blizzcon, that's all I care about!