WoW: Warlords of Draenor Cinematic and Release Date Revealed



Warlords of Draenor Reveal

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Warcraft Orcs and Humans strategy game as well as the tenth anniversary of World of Warcraft. Today during their Warlords of Draenor Cinematic Premiere live-stream event, Blizzard announced that the Warlords of Draenor would expansion would be arriving on November 13th.

Mike Morhaim, Chris Metzen, and World of Warcraft designers Ion Hazzikostas and Brian Holinka were present for the event. This was the first time that Blizzard had done a full event for an opening cinematic.

As just a taste of the amazing things to come this morning we were shown the first chapter of Lords of War, the animated miniseries produced by Blizzard to accompany the upcoming expansion. It is styled in the same way as the six part miniseries, The Burdens of Shaohao. If you missed it you can watch the prelude below.

Lords of War

Lords of War Chapter 1 gave us a look at the character of Kargath Bladefist, the leader of the Shattered Hand Clan. We were also treated to a teaser for the final four episodes. Both can be viewed below.

Draenor in Action

Upon purchasing WoW: Warlords of Draenor, each player will receive a free level 90 boost. This can be used on a new character or an old one.

Player bars have also been cleaned up to give more room to add additional features as well as eliminate some redundancies that were present.

Many things are being added in this expansion including:

Zones

The Frostfire Ridge, Talador, ShadowMoon Valley, Nagrand, Gorgrond, the Spires of Arak, and Tanaan Jungle, as well as the much anticipated Ashran PVP Zone. Ashran will include essentially world PVP and its own currency as Ashran artifact fragments that can be acquired from quests as well as looting other players upon defeat.

Dungeons

Bloodmaul Slag Mines, the Iron Docks, Auchindoun, Skyreach, the Grimrail Depot, The Everbloom, Shadowmoon Burial Grounds, and the Upper Blackrock Spire. The Upper Blackrock Spire is set to be released in Patch 6.0 of the current game as a level 90 dungeon so that players may gain updated and relevant gear prior to the expansion’s release on November 13th.

Raids

Blackrock Foundry and Highmaul

Garrisons

These will be fully customizable by the player and will include:

Alliance: Garrison, Barracks, Mage Tower, and Stables

Horde: Garrison, Barracks, Gladiator’s Sanctum, Spirit Lodge 

 

Chis Metzen  put it best when he said that, “Cinematics are the speartip of imagination.” It truly does show the passion and craftsmanship that Blizzard puts into their product and gives us, the players, a first look at what to expect from the imaginations of its fantastic designers, developers, writers, and artists. And we can always expect something amazing. This cinematic is no different.

Warlords of Draenor Opening Cinematic

 

The upcoming expansion looks fantastic thusfar and could be what Blizzard needs to salvage the World of Warcraft franchise and bring back many of its estranged fans. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

November 13th is just a few days after BlizzCon. But you don’t have to wait until after BlizzCon to get more awesome info on the goings on at Blizzard Entertainment. Right now Blizzard Entertainment is at GamesCom 2014 in Cologne, Germany and you can watch the stream and get all of the live updates right at Blizzard.com/Gamescom.

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