Klaxxar I've noticed you really like Ogres. I'm not sure what it is but it's just a feeling in my gut of some sorts.
Then again we could have all three. Ogre for horde, which is the obvious one. Arakkoa for the alliance, because they do have ties to the alliance and helped them in the past. And a neutral Ethereal, because they don't have ties to any of the factions they are more likely to employ us as henchmen for their work but I could see them as neutral.
1. Blizzard has already confessed a preference for cross-faction races after MoP. Adding two new races is vastly more expensive: Twice the starting content and twice the model/animation work. Relatively little extra payoff since the majority of players only play one faction.
2. Ethereal have always been faction-agnostic; at the same time they do not share a unified goal as a race. It is not unreasonable to expect some splintering to aid Horde or Alliance for the mutual benefit of resource acquisition.
3. Draenor and related worlds. Ethereals obviously have a vested interest in the neighborhood. Timey-wimey expansion opens doors to flesh out this race that otherwise enjoys relatively spotty lore roots and purpose.
4. Ethereals are pretty fucking cool. I don't think anyone will disagree with that.
5. The Ethereal model and animations are probably already mostly ready for player use.
So it's at least a moderate gameplay win for players, the effort would return relatively high margins for Blizzard, and it's a decent lore fit.
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well, Ogres fits for Horde but to be serious the only races that fit somehow for Alliance are High Elves and Furbolg the problem is that they are totally not connected to Draenor(and got other cons like beeing same as BE or very simillar to Pandas). So everyone wants Ethereals or Arakkoa because they are the only intelligent Outland/Draenor races that doesn't fit Horde.
I wonder the story that they will write to put them into the Alliance and I hope it will be more reliable than Draenei story.
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Blizzard already said that they want Naga as a playable race (Actually Metzen said that), Ethereals are one of the most popular races and Arrakoa are popular (not that popular) and is the easier one to add (and the one that have more sense for the Alliance if we have a expansion in Draenor)
I don't remember many people mentioning Pandaren as a possible race at all until the leaks of MoP. Afterward, the community was split between "terrible" and "awesome", with few in the middle.
I still want to know why Akama and Maiev are featured on the Outland loading screen after Cataclysm...
At this point, I'll take Murlocs over Ogres. MURLOCS are long overdue and well deserved, IMO. We take them for granted, recognize their cuteness, yet can't understand the depths of their development. Pew pew.
Naga, well, they're pretty bad. But another elf variation? YUCK! :P
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Compare that to blue-eyed blood elves, who despite not even making the shortlist and Blizzard themselves saying "no" to, keep on coming up every time fans discuss the subject.
In cataclysm it was basically the horde needed a gnome equivilant and the goblins and the gnomes have always been competing and fighting. And the Ogre would fit in with a revamped azeroth as much as the goblin did.
Here there is the possibility of Draenor as the expansion, not Outland. And the only native races that are from Draenor with the exception of Orcs are Ogres and Arakkoa. Which is why most are betting on the two.
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I'm personally hoping for something completely out of left field if anything. Or a new ranged class instead of a new race/races. We really need a new ranged class.
And there were many Pandaren threads, always filled with half "yay" and half "fuck you" as you mention. But they were many, and Blizzard themselves have stated they added them due to sheer demand.
Akama and Maiev on the Outland loading screen means nothing, just like unfrozen Bolvar does, probably even less. It's just for show. Like Blizzard themselves say, sometimes they just add things because they're cool, not because of some hidden meaning. In the current Outland loading screen's case, it's probably just to summarize important characters at the time of TBC.
Btw, good luck getting your Murlocs in a Draenor expansion. Murlocs pose many more problems than Ogres in every feasible way. And if they're well deserving, then why aren't Ogres? Ogres are more deserving than any other race that can potentially be added and have been added, maybe with the exception of Goblins, because they were there right from the start, they were there along with Daemons (as Demons were called back in WC1), Orcs and Humans right in the beginning. I don't see why you can't see them being playable, because it's something a lot of people have seen as only logical for many years. If any race is long overdue, it's definitely Ogres.
But again, it depends on if we're even getting any new races at all.
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Ethereals are cool, but i dont think they will be in game as playable race, i mean, i cant imagine a female Ethereal, and what about their faces? If people bitch about fem worgs and fem pandas only having 1 face option...think about Ethereals then....
For a new race all i want its a sexy race with 5 fingers and toes on their hand and feet and glorious epics bewbs that is more bouncy than the fem dwarves one <3. Also, dont make the weapons look like a tiny stick.