This quote from Pardo makes absolutely no sense based on what we know. He either could have phrased things more elegantly, or he's out of touch with what we've been told by the other devs and he's trying to play his hand close to his chest.
The thing is, Blizzard has only given us these updates through forum posts and on third party internet interviews. There has not been a single offical announcment at all. so perhaps Pardo is not aware of what has been shared with the community.
It would be really nice if the mods would actually adress this odd contradiction.
That makes sense actually.
But didn't BLIZZ themselves say the earliest we can expect them is mid MOP?
I'm glad to see that other people caught this though, I think that we need to know.
I've been pretty frustrated since Pardo said this myself, and it actually just came to me as I was in the middle of writing that post that this is probably why the contradiction is so stark.
And yes, they did imply back at Blizzcon early in this news's life time that the earliest they would be released is mid MOP. But that was almost a year ago, and things change a lot based on what projects they decide to scrap and do over. And they did not really say that. They implied it could be a longer time than that easily, and that they weren't sure yet how they would handle them.
I've thought all along it's coming with the next expansion, but Pardo's words just troubled me a lot when he left room for the fact they may not even do it. His mention of system requirments also confused me, as the models have been a lot better since TBC and especially WOTLK, and the game runs fine. People aren't asking for Crysis here, we're asking that updated models look as good as WOW's good models.
That should not change system requirements at all. If I can stand in the Worgen starting zone surrounded by 20 worgen players, I would think I could stand in the SW auction house surrounded by player models of all the races on par with Worgen and Pandaren.
*Unless the pandaren goblins and worgen are so advanced they stretch WOW to the very seams and one more race will pop those seams,...