Thursday, August 14, 2014

Three Months From Yesterday

Yesterday, I asked:
"Is Blizzard going to release a game in early November and then immediately ask players to stop playing Warlords to go back and participate in anniversary content, laden with nostalgia and looking back over the past 10 years when the devs really want the players to be focusing on garrisons and breaking the century mark on their mains?"

Apparently, that answer is "Yes."


November 13, 2014 is the official release date for Warlords of Draenor, just three months from yesterday.  Not only has Mists of Pandaria reached its conclusion, but the end is firmly in sight.  My suggestion yesterday was that the December date you saw at check-out wasn't going to be that far from the truth.  And I am perfectly happy to be two weeks late.

Chris Metzen claimed we're done with "whimsical panda" and are moving back to the heart of the franchise, the Orcs vs Humans storyline that started it all.  This time, instead of the ragged Horde of Azeroth, or the weakened Mag'har of Hellfire Penninsula, we're going to celebrate the Orcs at the height of their power.

And make no mistake, this event here today, like the expansion to follow was all about orcs.  Draenei were not in evidence.   We did see a clip of Maraad, urging Wrynn to war for about 80 seconds but the vast majority of imagery across three cinematics was dominated by orc-kind.



Not a lot of Draenei here

Wow, did Mike Morhaime look oldish...  yeah. But when 900 years you reach, look as good you will not.  Chris was looking a little long in the chin as well.  I imagine they've been putting in some long hours, recently, and Pardo is watching this saying, "man, I'm glad I don't have to be there this morning." But they themselves kept pointing to how long they've been around.  While this is the anniversary year, the date Chris and Mike both pointed to was not the 10 years since World of Warcraft was released, but the 20 year anniversary of the original Warcraft RTS game, Orcs and Humans.


The game they presented looked great.  It captured the imagination and re-kindled the excitement of a new Warcraft expansion.  It's like Christmas, but like Christmas when you're 25 and the lure of the presents under the tree doesn't call so loudly.

 I love the fact that we're going to be fighting on a burning train, and love even more that it's going to be barreling across the countryside.  And it will be great to re-visit the Ogres.  They probably don't know that they've made me their king.  Twice.  Maybe I'll go for the hat trick.


So now they've started the clock, and the countdown has begun.  Portal in three months.  See you there.

Blurry video captures are cool.


This is my fourteenth entry in the Blaugust challenge to post once a day for the 31 days of August

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