For the horde! This trailer for the upcoming expansion to massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft is utterly fantastic.
Blizzard has a long history of creating amazing cinematic mini-movies for all its games and expansions, and this new one pretty much tops it all.
Even if you don’t know what the heck the orcs in the trailer are talking about, surely you can get behind how gorgeous it looks and how realistic these creatures seem. You’ll root for these monstrous humanoids in their bid for freedom, even if you’re not keen on them conquering the world in the process.
Check out the trailer below to see what we mean.
The storyline here is that back in the games that precede the current World of Warcraft timeline — Warcraft, Warcraft II, and Warcraft III — the orcish race was enslaved by demons to invade Azeroth. In the trailer, the current leader of the orcs jumps back in time and kills the demon to prevent orc slavery, but then decides to still invade Azeroth, just not as demon slaves.
This makes the new expansion into a whole bunch of fan-service for folks who loved the original games, a return to the timeline where Warcraft was about real-time strategy (RTS). Whether we’ll see any RTS-style quests remains to be seen, but it’s a nice call back to the game franchise’s history in any case.
The Warlords of Draenor expansion will invade Azeroth on November 13 of this year, and is available for pre-order for your Mac or PC now. If this trailer doesn’t get you to do it, do it for the horde.