Let us guide you through the world… of Warcraft.
Today we’re taking a look at the brand new cinematic Trailer for the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth expansion.
First thing we see is the Undercity, previously the capital city of Lorderon in Warcraft 3 and previous games in the series. It fell to the undead during the events of Warcraft 3 after Arthas murdered his father, the king. It’s been under horde occupation ever since and acts as the main city for the Undead race.
Next we see a ton of Horde banners all along the walls, then at 0:32, we get our first shot of Sylvannis Windrunner. Ever since Vol’jin was killed in the opening mission for the Legion expansion, she’s been the warchief of the Horde.
At 0:41, we see Alliance footmen in some modified armor. Footmen have been very recognizable units in all of the previous Warcraft titles. They act as foot soldiers for the alliance, but also as guards in some of the major cities and towns. In this trailer their armor looks slightly modified and more rigid than the previous rounded out shoulder pads. The wall we see here is the same one Sylvaniss and all of the archers were standing on top of in the previous scene. It seems like the alliance is making a push to try and retake the capital city of what was once Lordaeron.
At 0:44 we see the sword Shalamayne, previously owned by Varian Wrynn. Varian was the king of Stormwind until he was killed by Guldan in the opening mission of Legion. In this shot it’s being held by his son Anduin, now king of Stormwind and leader of the alliance.
This nice wolfman at 0:49 is Genn Greymane, a worgen and king of Gilneas. Gilneas was a kingdom under the rule of Lordaeron before it fell, so it makes sense that he’d be here helping try to take it back since there is an emotional stake in it. He’s also one of Anduin’s most trusted advisors.
We see Anduin in his brand new set of armor at 0:53, which is very lion themed.
At 1:07, we get more alliance footmen and some dwarven gunmen, which were prominent ranged units in Warcraft 3.
Now at 1:10, we see a Balista, a classic and recognizable Warcraft unit. It’s basically a catapult that launches giant arrows. In the back are some kind of siege machines that we’ve never really seen before in previous games or expansions.
Jumping ahead to 1:22, this is Varok Saurfang, leader of the orc in Orgimmar after the absence of Thrall. He’s a veteran of all three great wars and has been a chief military leader over the course of WoW’s history. His prominent presence in the trailer means that he’s most likely going to be a key character over the course of the story.
At 1:24 some Night Elf Archers, and then at 1:48, we have Sylvannis killing some people with her banshee powers
At 2:02, Sylvannis again in her banshee form resurrecting her fallen allies and killing some soldiers.
There are some mages, dwarven gunmen to the right, and a draenei in the background at 2:31, followed by Anduin and Genn again getting ready to charge at 2:33. Seconds later, we see Anduin fighting, which is pretty cool considering his previous stances on violence.
Jumping ahead to 3:20, Anduin drops the sword and starts to use the light to resurrect his fallen allies. Before he was crowned king, he was a priest in training, strove for Peace, and opposed conflict. Seeing him fight in the trailer is kind of a big deal since it’s a turn around for his character.
His dropping of the sword here and using his powers to heal might be a clue as to his inner struggle between peace and violence over the course of the story in Battle for Azeroth. And after that, we get a whole lot more fight scenes
Caught something we missed? Let us know in the comments. And you can watch the full trailer, or the Battle For Azeroth features trailer, to find out more about what to expect in Blizzard’s latest expansion. For more news, tips, and videos on your favorite games and entertainment keep it right here on IGN.