Blizzard has launched a new ‘Journey’ trailer for the imminent launch of the Wrath of the Lich King enlargement for WoW Classic, and it’s wonderful—however not for the ordinary causes. After I assume of Blizzard cinematics the first thought that comes to thoughts is the lavish CG spectacles that launched us to the world of Overwatch, or Diablo and Starcraft’s ludicrously OTT cutscenes. This one, nevertheless, is all about the gamers.
There’s a purpose for that. The video was put collectively by Hurricane, a youtuber who specialises in making superior WoW trailers and has been doing so for a few years. However they’ve all the time been a fan creator, somebody beloved by the community however doing their very own factor, and that is their first fee from Blizzard.
What’s superior about this trailer is the way it encapsulates the build-up to the Lich King’s invasion of Azeroth, and builds pure hype by means of the use of in-game fashions and actual gamers’ avatars. To be clear, that is a combine of cinematic and what appears like in-game fashions with HD textures, slightly than in-game footage, however a complete bunch of it has both been achieved in-engine or made to look precisely prefer it has been, mimicking the motion of giant teams of gamers as they scramble to defend Azeroth.
That’s finally why that is so good. Wrath is one of the most-beloved eras in WoW’s historical past: the demise knight class is wonderful, the quests are nice, and the storytelling is pretty much as good as WoW ever got (which is to say: excellent). It’s an epic enlargement, and so many of the nice moments from it, giant and small, get a few seconds in the solar right here. It’s a easy reminder of what an superior time WotLK was and will hopefully be once more, and makes you need to no-life it.
Wrath of the Lich King Classic releases on Monday 26 September and, after this, I am there.