Yep, Blizzard Still Makes The Best Trailers

The wait is over, World of Warcraft fans and people who love amazing short CGI films. Blizzard has finally pulled the lid off the next big WoW expansion, Warlords of Draenor. And it looks... well, what did you expect from the king of video game trailers?


Look, I'd be lying if I told you I understood every facet of the complex web of inter-Orc relationships that just played out over those glorious four minutes and fifty-two seconds. It'd take a real expert to explain that. But that's what makes Blizzard so great: I don't have to. The theme that this stunning Warlords of Draenor cinematic played on should be familiar to anyone with a passing interest in Warcraft and its deep lore: the Orcs want to be free. And they will go to insane, murderous lengths to guarantee this freedom.

Also, keep in mind that this isn't just any old World of Warcraft expansion. Warlords of Draenor is finally delivering some serious fan-service to all the gamers who wax poetic about the good old days when Warcraft was a real-time strategy game. One of the best RTS games out there for a good long while, if you ask me.

How are they doing that, exactly? By going back in time, of course! Warlords of Draenor casts players back to the days the original Warcraft RTS games took place. Here's how Kotaku's Mike Fahey broke it down late last year based on a description from 2013's Blizzcon:

At the end of the current World of Warcraft storyline, former Horde Warchief Garrosh Hellscream is taken away in chains, to be put on trial. That trick never works. He escapes trial and meets up with a new friend with the ability to bend time.

Garrosh travels back to when the world made sense of him, his intent is to redeem the Orcish ideal. He wants the Orcs to be proud conquerors again. His most critical mission is to stop the moment when the Orcs of old drank demon blood and fall under the sway of The Burning Legion. He will build an Iron Horde with the Chieftans of Old, empowered with the tech of the present. He will lead his Iron Horde through a time-spanning Dark Portal to conquer the present day.

Oh Garrosh, I feel you. The world made a lot more sense to me when there were Warcraft strategy games too. But hey, if this is what Blizzard has to offer, I'm not complaining. Because remember: WoW is getting a major visual upgrade with the new expansion too. And the Orcs are looking better than ever.

Learn more about Warlords of Draenor over at the game's website.


    I thought Blizzard sources this stuff out to another company instead of doing it in-house

      No. Blizzard has an in house dedicated team to work on these.

      it doesn't really make any difference, its like saying builder who builds the house have ownership of the finished building...

    Ever notice how the script in these things is less about being a script and more about a bunch of catchy quotable lines?

      Well yeah, if you look at the list of references in the game, you get zounds of it.

    O Blizzard, how I curse thee as your chains of old try to cling to me and pull me back into thy fold.

    I personally have no time for World of Warcraft but I love there trailers, Im waiting on the movie to come out, if the trailers are anything to go by it should be pretty good :)

    Oh joy more Horde crap.

      One day the alliance MAY get a story line.

        Just sayin, Wotlk felt very alliance to me. Arthas and his old ties to the alliance, Tirion Fordring, Bolvar Fordragon...
        I know it may not be as explicitly alliance as WoD seems, but yeah.

        Either way, who really cares? The story line is evolving in an interesting direction.
        ... If you want an expansion based on the alliance that'll bore the rest of wow's player base away... I kid, I kid. Haha

      Can't help but be 'that guy' but I've seen people posting that everywhere. There wasn't a single "horde" character in that video.
      There was Mannoroth of the Burning Legion, heaps of orcs from the old orc clans (many soon to join Garrosh's Iron Horde) and Garrosh, a war criminal and traitor (former leader of the horde).

      Last edited 15/08/14 11:12 am

        There's not just Garrosh, there's Grom(mash) Hellscream, Chieftan of the Warsong Clan. There is also Gul'Dan... as in Skull of Gul'Dan. They are obviously all famous night elves. Orcs... are the main race of the Horde. This is basically pre-Horde crap. aka more Horde crap. Now don't get me wrong... I like Warcraft, but where's the balance? TBC was full of orcs, and now we're going back there. You have humans, night elves, dwarves, gnomes, draenei, undead/Forsaken, blood elves, trolls, orcs, goblins, pandaren, in addition to all of the other creatures that inhabit the Warcraft universe... but after going through all that Garrosh content, it's time for more orcs. It would be nice to see some vids of night elves or treants or dwarves digging up things they shouldn't be, or the Ashbringer cutting down swathes of undead, Infernals or Dreadlords bopping towns, some big Alliance/Horde fight, Undermine, etc... but nah... more orcs. =/

    I found Outland to be far more focused on Draenei than orcs. It was pretty much just Nagrand and hellfire that had a lot of Orcs and it was all early leveling content and beginner raiding (for OL).

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