The cinematic from the latest bit of World of Warcraft’s War Campaign has some definite hints about the future

    
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Whee or something.

We understand that some people would prefer not to be spoiled about the newest developments in World of Warcraft, especially as the latest patch hasn’t been out very long and some players would prefer to see the new content in the context of the actual game. So we’re deliberately drawing out this introduction to avoid spoiling anything… but then, the latest cinematic was posted to the official YouTube channel, and while it basically tells you how the latest stage ends it also has some big implications for the future of the game.

Specifically, this cinematic is really dropping some hints about the future of the faction split or lack thereof. You can watch it just below, but suffice it to say that the character of the dialogue implies that while the Horde and Alliance have done the “work together to overcome a common enemy” routine many times before (with a pretty strong implication of who that common enemy will be), this time might be very different. Check out the whole thing below if you’re curious.

Source: YouTube; thanks to Jim for the tip!
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Anthony Clark

If this is bringing the Horde and Alliance together against the Undead as their own new separate faction, and the new true ‘bad guy’ then I’m thrilled. It means that Wrath of the Lich King was just great foreshadowing!

I know I shouldn’t be but I’m now cautiously optimistic.

Feels funny. And to think I was only excited about classic until now.

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K38FishTacos

Halforcen babies!!

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PurpleCopper

I don’t think Blizzard will EVER stop the plot cycle of “Horde and Alliance fighting until they unite against a greater evil”.

Didn’t Varian promise to destroy the Horde if the Horde fucked up AGAIN? Talk about broken promises.

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thirtymil

Unless I’ve missed an important cutscene somewhere (and admittedly there could be quite a few buried in a raid or in some literature external to the game), I think Varian is still as dead as he was at the start of Legion.

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Dug From The Earth

Some of the speculation ive heard is that blizzard is going to pull one of their “Its 2.0, but its not a sequel” moves.

Meaning, they are going to reset/change/revamp/etc the game so much, and label it “WoW 2.0” (despite current patch numbers) to give the impression that its the next iteration of WoW. Rather than starting anew, however, you can just keep playing your character in the same game world.

Im not sure how I feel about this. I was 100% for a WoW 2…. but an ACTUAL sequel. One that either takes place a couple hundred years later, or one that takes place many years before the existing WoW. One with new lands, new characters, new mechanics, classes, gameplay, etc.

A “WoW 2.0” that just has you continuing to play your existing characters in the same lore based timeline, despite system overhauls, isnt what I (or most people probably) are wanting in a new mmorpg. I want that new, fresh experience of not knowing where to go, how to do things, whats around the next corner, how my character will be at max level, the best way to spec, etc etc. All things that can come with a new mmorpg. Its one reason why I know that classic may be able to provide me some enjoyable gameplay, but its NOT going to give me the experience I had when WoW first came out.

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Sorenthaz

I swear, if Blizzard doesn’t do cross-faction by the end of this expansion or the start of the next one, I give up on having any hopes that they can make a good story. The faction war has been forced so hard and it only caters to a small group of PvPers who somehow think that world PvP isn’t a joke.

It would also benefit Blizzard more than anything. Means they won’t have to keep splitting resources between Horde and Alliance content, which shows in this expansion especially because they pushed super hard to split the factions compared to Legion where they had a few things here/there different (mostly at the start) but otherwise was mostly the same until post-Argus.

Also benefits server populations where the Horde is usually outnumbering the Alliance and even with cross-server the Horde still outnumbers the Alliance in war mode/etc. Plus it probably can benefit raid groups/guilds/etc.

In general cross-faction seems like a no-brainer whenever Sylvanas can be dethroned or pushed out of the Horde. I hope Blizzard actually commits to it instead of finding some new faction leader to go crazy and cause a rift.

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Dug From The Earth

Here is the thing. even factoring out open world pvp, there is still PvP (battlegrounds and such). For those to make sense in a lore fashion, there needs to be a believable reason why one side of characters is fighting against the other.

It doesnt need to be race driven like it is now. Meaning it can be Humans vs humans and still make sense… but only if Blizzard creates a conflict that people choose sides over.

Orc 1, “Death to Tauren and Gnome couples!! Death to the abominations!”

Orc 2, “No way, my wifes a goblin and she is going to make big money on the ridiculous line of clothing their children will need! To arms!!”

(battleground music plays as the 2 Orcs battle it out)

In all seriousness though, having factions based on political and life choices is much better than factions based on race.

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snacky

I’ll say this, I enjoy the cinematic.

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MurderHobo

I’ll be damned. You can put lipstick on a pig. The pointed self-awareness of the two recent cutscenes is a nice touch. I am not unappreciative.

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Minimalistway

I wonder what will the night elf leaders will do next expansion, can’t imagine they will like this new alliance.

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starbuck1771

I would disagree since we know who the big bad is and clearly she has caused issues in the Horde and the Night Elves wouldn’t want What happened to Teldrassil to happen to Thunder Bluff. The Night Elves are wise and not overly petty. Even Jaina Proudmore has changed her ways lately.

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Minimalistway

Blizzard is writing the story … so let’s see :-)

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Dobablo

I’m not sure if the combined might of the Alliance/Horde will be enough to overcome a void-Elune posessed Tyrande.

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starbuck1771

You’re welcome Eliot and MOP. Yes I even posted about this yesterday. Hopefully Blizzard keeps the unification going for a long time and leave the faction wars to the battlegrounds. I believe us players would enjoy it more. Even unification in certain raids and dungeons would be nice. One language for everyone.

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cursedseishi

It’s nice, sure…

But I don’t really trust Blizzard with this. I mean, ignoring the scene’s focus on Warcraft 3? There’s also Vanilla WoW’s Ahn’Qiraj and the server-wide event that led to it. Technically, half of Wrath of the Lich King’s raids were a sort of ‘lets work together against the big bad’. Mists had the Garrosh rebellion to cap it off led by Vol’jin facilitating both sides… And I’m sure there are other examples I am missing here, but I’ve fallen out of playing World of Warcraft since Mists of Pandaria hit. It’s literally almost one expansion about us going to war again for some contrived reason that arose from the last expansion *coughBfAcough* followed by us fighting some big-bad, followed by going to war for some contrived reason encouraged by the expansion before it…. and you get where I’m going.

Unless Blizzard actually demolishes the Horde/Alliance separation mechanically? Yeah, this is nothing but the mirrors left over after the magician runs out of dry ice and smoke.