OT: Theme does matter, I absolutely cannot stand the asian theme of MoP, and know quite a few who agree, the game is much better than it was in Cata, overall, but the theme just has me waiting for whatever the next expansion is, so that I can finally leave Pandaria for good and never look back.
At least Hellscream was an Orc.... R.I.P. Horde 1994-2013
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor - Because beating the Orcs to a pulp with the villain bat and pissing on the Horde's story wasn't enough, so we decided to hit them in the past too!
Obviously yes. No matter how much the MMO Champ Panda defenders want to argue otherwise, Subs could well be at HALF what TBC had by the end of this turd of an expansion; and it being based around Panda people and a kung fu class is a big reason why.
You, you'll regret what you have done this day, I will make you regret ever being born, you're going to wish you never left your mother's womb, where it was warm and safe and wet, I am going to show you pain you never knew existed, you're going to see a whole new spectrum of pain, like a Rainbow!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=ep65rr-9qjQ Full Pilot Episode! Best thing to come out of Adult Swim!
I don't play asian games, because I don't like asian culture. I play western games, I am from the west. I want western themes, norse and greek are what made me like swords and axes in the first place.
The second point is a quote from Lei Shi, who I would say is a fairly poorly done boss fight, in context to the statement you provided that I was ACTUALLY quoting. I was attempting a humorous reference, but from your response, it seems to have been lost on you.
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Only in terms of surface-level appeal in regards to things like marketing, I'd imagine.
Really it's nowhere near as important a factor as things like gameplay, content updates, shelf life etc.
Edit: As long as the theme is competently executed, which has always been the case with WoW expansions.
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Of course it does. That is why mope is hemorrhaging subs. Mope was a huge mistake by blizz.
But I guess we just can't have nice thing.
Very few people that actually started playing MoP quit because "omg pandas!" They all just straight up didn't play MoP. So, logically, the sub losses must be from other reasons.
Feel free to try again, though.
I felt so disconnected from Pandaria, it all just felt so awkward and wrong. The only thing that kept me sane and not forgetting what game it was, was my character and the UI. I cringed everytime I saw Pandaren animations or heard their voices, I still cringe everytime I have to see the posters on this forum with their "Pretty Panda" signature banners, it's god awful and annoying.
I was roleplaying though, so I never were on Pandaria for long. Only when I used hearthstone I got teleported to that hellish place.
So yeah, I don't play the game at the moment.
Success in terms of subscriber numbers it greatly matters. I love asian themes so it didn't matter to me but it's quite obvious now it matters to many people.
I also think timing made a difference here as well. If an Mists of Pandaria was the first expansion of WoW, it wouldn't have made the impact it did today. But after Legion and Scourge themed expansions everyone would at least be surprised by a Panda-themed expansion.