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there's a full topic at raptr about this... according to some unknown sources, Mists of Pandaria will be in fact an expansion, tho, it wont be the next one to be released. Some guys are talking about some leaked information about this, this will be released somewhere at the same time or dates as TitanPersonally i think a neutral race could be awesome ^^
OK.How about this for an idea.Mist of Pandaria is a standalone game using the the WoW TCG mechanics and allows players to purchase packs of the TCG cards for real money and play online vs opponents.I'm not sure how the Pandarins would tie into this and how a TCG format would fit into the lore but it makes sense as it is an avenue of revenue that seems untapped by Blizzard/Activision.Could also be a DOTA style game they are bringing to market.when it come to software it could be so many things other than a expansion?
With a title like "MISTS" of Pandaria and not something move definitive like "INVASION" of Pandaria...I can very easily see that Pandaria will probably be uninhabited, so to say. The Panderans could be long extinct (queue the endless in game rantings of Brann Bronzebeard). This would allow them to do things like; exploit the evil profession that is Archeology and pretty much allow them to BUILD all the associated lore for the Panderans that they need for the future (during all the questlines). Once the story unfolds....(and once Blizz gets enough feedback from the player base).... they can pretty much adjust the theme to where it's somewhat plausible/playable by patch 5.3.**Caveat**: This also would allow for that whole line of thought... "Panderans won't be a playable race" etc. Hell....you could do it and never even have a single Panderan SEEN in the game.
you see blizz has a pattern for wow expansions vanilla=10 new classes 8 new races ok bc =0 new classes 2 new races wotlk =1 new class 0 new races cata = 0 new classes 2 new races so as u can see the pattern is race then classes so that means MoP(mists of pandaria) will have a new class:) wich is good :) hope this helped