Blizzard releases Safe Haven cinematic, addresses World of Warcraft’s potential beyond WoW Classic

    
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Blizzard’s keeping the pressure up this week with another new World of Warcraft release, though this one’s about the live game, not WoW Classic: It’s a brand-new cinematic called Safe Haven, and Horde folks will be pleased to see a familiar face return to the fray as Saurfang embarks on a quest to thwart assassins and bring Thrall back to the fight. In fact, the assassins might be the coolest part, at least if you’re tired of Horde or orcs and always wondered how Rogue stealth was supposed to work in reality.

Meanwhile, Forbes has an interview out featuring Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, and though he apparently dodged all questions relating to the layoffs and Activision, he does touch on Mike Morhaime’s exit, Blizzard’s priorities, different platforms beyond PC, the NetEase partnership, and new IPs. He also talks a bit about WoW Classic itself, specifically what other types of WoW Classics might be on the table.

“What I’m more excited about, with what we do have, what we are able to do, is thinking about different versions of WoW that we now can support,” he says. “Right, we’ve kind of got this modern WoW, and we’ve got this other version of WoW called WoW: Classic. What does that enable us to do, going forward?” Then when the interviewer suggests a Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King progression server, he says it’s possible.

“I don’t want to trivialize the amount of work that’s required to do that, or the amount of time. It’s not something we can just dial up and dial down at any moment. But assuming a wildly successful Classic, we’ll see what the future brings. […] If it is wildly successful, and there are huge numbers of people who are in it and are interested, and it becomes this call for the next thing, then I think that could be something that we talk about then. We certainly now have the ability to do it in a way that we never did before. It’s something that now has become possible. Whether or not we will do it, I think will really depend on the fans’ interest and the fans’ reaction.”

Source: YouTube, Forbes
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TherecDaMage .

I really hope I am wrong and Sylvannas is playing some long game, but if this turns out to be Garrosh 2.0 I’m done with WoW. They’ve turned one of the most interesting characters into a seemingly cheap plot device, a token bad guy to move the story forward. It appears robbed her of any of her intelligence or cunning so that a new horde could rise up.

Unless there’s some sort of big turn, it’s starting to look like Game of Thrones where they have ideas of where they want the story to go, but have no idea how to get there and a lack of writing skill to get there without butchering characters. Since they refuse to keep mechanics that work, and constantly reinvent the wheel each expansion, the story is all that has kept me interested. Please don’t ruin this too.

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IronSalamander8 .

If only the story in game and the enjoyment of BfA was 10% as good as this cinematic, I’d likely not have cancelled my sub. As pointed out elsewhere, this is Garrosh 2.0 and I hated that the first time around. I don’t even care about classic as I have CoH back and you can’t play a goblin in classic and can’t be a troll warlock if they reset it back to vanilla days.

Blizzard has always made great cinematics but BfA is such a complete mess that WoD may well have been slightly better which is saying something.

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Oleg Chebeneev

So they just randomly dropped this expensive CGI trailer out of nowhere? Thats weird.

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Sim

IF ONLY they could take WoW:Classic on a different direction n trajectory. Towards a mmo that was hinted in original vanilla WoW… a constant battle between the Horde and Alliance… controls over townships and zones…

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MurderHobo

“This world… looks good, but it’s wrong. Broken. Falling apart.”

Sums up the greater situation in a nutshell.

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Akagi

I think it sums up Retail WoW pretty well. A game with polished Disney-style graphics that has responsive controls and whatnot, but ultimately lacks any soul or identity and everyone playing it is living a lie, some even know it, but are living in denial.

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Matthew Yetter

Am I the only one who thought that the opening moments were extremely reminiscent of Thanos at the end of Infinity War?

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Andy McAdams

The cinematic was amazing, and it made me for about one one-hundredth of a second want to log back in. But then I remembered that the cinematic is great, but the gameplay just isn’t fun. The story, just isn’t engaging. These little moments in the cinematics are powerful and emotive and engaging — but the game itself is none of those things. The game and the story lived up to the promise of these little snippets of genius, WoW would be a much different (and better) game.

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NeoWolf

I would tend to agree. I like WoW I have had a good number of years fun with it but there is only so much you can squeeze out of an old game. It needs a 2.0 with updated graphics and VO and gameplay etc.. In its current form it just isn’t engaging anymore.

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Gildersleeve

I agree that the game needs a new engine desperately. People in the WoW community are so against the idea though. The game is very long in the tooth at this point, and needs updates that an expansion can’t meet.

I have to say the game has many more problems than just feeling dated in graphics and gameplay; its systems are not fun, and the writing is perhaps the worst it’s been in a long time. The art direction and music are still its strong points.

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Daniel Reasor

People have said for years that Blizzard should just open a full time computer-generated cartoon studio, and this cinematic is a good example of why.

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NeoWolf

I do love a good Cinematic :)

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Utakata

…there is a surprising lack of Gnome presence in this cinematic though. :(

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Gene Elder

Classic Wow is good, but WotLK was my favorite expansion, and thanks to private servers, thats exactly what im playing. And loving it. Will probably pass on this.

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Dug From The Earth

Watches movie… gets hyped… logs in to disappointment and boredom.