BlizzCon 2015 opening ceremony recap, Warcraft movie trailer

    
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BlizzCon 2015 kicks off with its opening ceremony at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) today, and Massively OP liveblogged the festivities down in the comments. Now that it’s over, we’ve updated the end of this post with the highlights.

The opening ceremony is being streamed for free, even if you don’t have a virtual ticket, and you can watch it yourself on the BlizzCon site or on Blizzard’s Twitch channel. Many of the other panels do require a virtual ticket, so stay tuned for additional liveblogs and news posts tonight and tomorrow as we cover those.

Highlights (timestamps are in EST):

2:05: Mike Morhaime on stage. Hoopla! Warcraft II 20th anniversary, dang! He thanks everyone for donating to Blizzard’s charitable causes. December proceeds for Brightpaw the Mana Kitty will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

2:09: Morhaime is running down all the games. Diablo III in China, Overwatch beta. “E-sports should be on every TV.”

2:11: StarCraft: Legacy of the Void trailer showing. LOTV is a standalone product.

2:14: StarCraft II mission packs with new content are on the way. Teaser video! The first one’s called Nova and will release spring 2016.

2:18: E-sports trailer. /drink

2:22: Movie talk! Duncan Jones, Warcraft movie director, is coming onstage, followed by a slew of lead actors.

2:24: Here comes the world-premiere of the Warcraft movie trailer! It lands June 10th, 2016.

2:27: Dustin Browder onstage to hype Heroes of the Storm. Announcing HOTS: Arena, a game mode with “not a lot of rules.” New trailer, plus Genn Greymane; Lunara, a dryad; and a new map with WoW’s Headless Horseman, Towers of Doom — all on the way. There’a also Cho’Gall, two-headed ogre, controlled by two co-op separate players.

2:37: Hearthstone game director Eric Dodds onstage. New Hearthstone adventure on the way: The League of Explorers, in the style of a 1950s adventure movie trailer featuring WoW’s Bronzebeard and crew. Also something about a Golden Monkey. It launches in Thursday, and it’s playable now.

2:47: Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan is up. Three new heroes announced — Genji, Mei,D.Va — plus a new map, Hollywood. Trailer time! Everything’s playable today at the show.

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2:56: Origins edition will have five special skins: Strike Commander Morrison, Overgrown Bastion, Blackwatch Reyes, Security Chief Farah, Slipstream Tracer. New video! Yes, it’s coming on PC, Xbox One, PS4. Spring 2016. Pre-purchase now.

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3:02: Here comes Chris Metzen. It’s WoW Legion time! “Are you guys ready to play Demon Hunters?” He’s showing the intro cinematic for Legion.

3:12: So that was the best WoW cinematic I’ve seen in like a decade. Dude, Sylvanas.

3:13: You can preorder Legion now and get Demon Hunter access.

That’s it everyone! We’ll be liveblogging the Legion panel here.

Follow all of Massively OP’s coverage of BlizzCon 2015, Blizzard’s annual fan convention highlighting World of Warcraft: Legion, Diablo III, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and beyond!
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Craywulf
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Craywulf

The Legion trailer looks a lot more stylized as “Warcraft” than the movie trailer did. While they did get the Orcs right, the humans look ordinary. It’s kinda expected that warcraft and starcraft have over-stylized human anatomy, and movie trailer really failed in that part. I guess they wanted to be a “live-action” film to give it credibility to average American moviegoer who typically dismisses animated films as children’s material. They should’ve animated it just like the game trailers.

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

The Warcraft movie looks ok, but still reeks of mediocrity compared to Jackson’s LOTR trilogy, I guess we never will truly see another epic fantasy like that again, well, as long Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time never happens…

At least there was LOTR and Game of Thrones

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Eliot_Lefebvre  He’s probably not even prepared.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Sixcess  They’re there, just out of frame (lower frame that is.)

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Estranged ManastuUtakata breetoplay  She may hate everybody, but she probably hates the Burning Legion more than any other group.  So it’s probably an ‘enemy of my enemy’ sort of thing.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

The movie trailer….oh my.  They should have either gone with motion capture all around (making the whole thing stylized) or done the orcs with practical effects.  But putting real humans up against obvious CG orcs (and apparently CG everything but the human actors) make it look like the humans are visiting Toon Town.

Also…… baby Thrall floated down a river in a reed basket?  Moses much?

annoyedbadger
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annoyedbadger

lol at that orc baby in the trailer…..that is just awful cgi,

On the whole the trailer looked ok, very cheesy and with a planet of the apes vibe, but it looked ok.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

Gibbins breetoplay No, it’s pining for the fjords.

Metadirective
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Metadirective

Pre-ordered because of ? … scaling/intrinsic, scaling/intrinsic and ? … scaling/intrinsic ! In PvP, Open World and Dungeons. 
Ever better, for a given encounter, difficulty can goes up and mutate by player choice (via keystones) instead of going down through stats/time obesity.
It’s a huge paradigm change.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

Preordering Overwatch should give instant access to Beta.