New datamined cinematic for World of Warcraft Shadowlands points to major story developments

    
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This has not gone according to plan

We’re being circumspect here because, well… this stuff is spoiler-ish. If you’ve been really enjoying the plot of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands up to this point and want to remain unspoiled and pure, it’s probably best not to look at this particular story. Then again, this is also the sort of development that might obliterate any pretense of enjoyment, so you might actually want to look. Just be fairly warned ahead of time, there are spoilers here. Make your choice.

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So, yes, the newest cinematic has been datamined, and it looks to be setting up a redemption arc for Sylvanas as she suddenly is no longer entirely on board for the Jailer’s plans. Yes, Sylvanas, the literal war criminal. The cinematic itself appears to play at the “end” of Torghast before unlocking the Twisting Corridors, giving players one last look at the major players and the state of play moving forward in the expansion story. It’s about two and a half minutes, so if you’re excited to see what seems to be the plan for Anduin Wrynn – or just want to know why this redemption arc is going to bother you – check it out just below.

Source: Wowhead
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Danny Smith

You mean a writing staff including a norotious/infamous sylvanas waifusimp who made nathanos get a new body in his image so she could fuck him is getting “redeemed”? “sure fantasy hitler commited genocide, b-but muh undead grimdark elf queen hot topic waifu nuuuuhhhh g-gonna g-gonna consooooom” blech.

I would laugh if this wasn’t exactly what anyone who knew he existed totally expected to happen.

Christ Warcraft writing is a joke.

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Bruno Brito

You mean a writing staff including a norotious/infamous sylvanas waifusimp who made nathanos get a new body in his image so she could fuck him is getting “redeemed”?

Wait, what? Can you develop on this?

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Narficus

*Unveils the entrance to that particular rabbit hole with the flourish of a stage magician.*

Voilá!

Mind your step, and be careful about how deep it goes.

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Bruno Brito

Jesus Fucking Christ.

This is a multi-billion dollar company.

THIS IS A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY.

HOW THE F

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Narficus

Enough to make people pine for the days of Green Jesus Metzen.

As someone who fondly remembers vanilla through Lunch King, the writing was better when it incorporated as much of the cast as possible. Developer self-inserts of Super Saiyan Mary Sue characters hogging the scenery buffet are getting beyond old.

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Loopy

Yeah i can definitely smell a redemption arc from a mile away. And if there is one Warcraft character undeserving of one (at least at this point), it would be Sylvanas.

I can already make a prediction – it will be Tyrande who ends up being turned into a bad guy (gal), because “revenge” is a big no-no in Warcraft universe.

Burning down Teldrassil is but a simple misunderstanding. Join us for a group hug Sylvanas!

WoW story really does feel like it’s written by a first year liberal arts student.

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Jeremy Barnes

Oh, yea, would not be surprised if Tyrande is a raid boss for an upcoming patch

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Narficus

Jaina 2.0

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Bannex

I know I’m in the minority when I say that story has very little place in mmos. This doesn’t help the cause.

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Sorenthaz

Petition to rename Sylvanas to Kerrigarrothas.

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Jeremy Barnes

Oh, how shocking. You mean the whole thing where Zul’Jin said she would “Save the horde” is going to happen and the writing isn’t going make any sense? Shocking.

Do the right thing, Blizzard. Throw all the money necessary at Natsuko Ishikawa and let her have full control over the narratives.

I mean, personally, I’d prefer she stay with FFXIV because she’s a better writer than Oda, but if WoW wants to get serious about their narrative then that’s how you do it.

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Bruno Brito

Vol’jin, you mean. Zul’jin is actually one of the best characters in the WoW lore.

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Jeremy Barnes

Yes, thank you.

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Bruno Brito

To be fair, Vol’jin was also a good character that Blizz decided to kill for no reason, really.

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Utakata

Welp…I liked it. I’m pretty sure it has more plot holes then a Rudy Giuliani legal argument. But it’s not the perfect logic that we’re looking at, rather the substance ans style of. As of course, perfect logic would not have the captive in question standing around in such shiny untarnished armor as if it came just fresh from the dry cleaners. Just saying. o.O

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Bruno Brito

So, here’s the point with that:

It’s really rare that Blizzard screws both the conveyance and the final product. Garrosh was a good villain at the end of his arc. So was Sylvanas with the moustache twirling at the end of BfA. And the cinematics are always good, they got a good art team going on. The only place i recall Blizzard screwing conveyance was with Thrall’s x Aggra questline in Cata.

The problem is always that both the journey and the result are non-sensical. Not that they are bad. Garrosh ended as a ok villain, full of hatred and cool lines, but that was NOT what they were developing him to be. Sylvanas ended up as a moustache villain, but that’s not what her concept as a character ever was.

It’s never the end result that is exactly bad, it’s just how the story ends up inconsistently screwing the major characters to become something they were never supposed to be. And it’s always because Blizzard writes and makes the cinematics first, then they decide to think about it.

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Dan S

Didnt think wow even had a story. Always seemed like an uninteresting wall of text

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LITF

Cringe. Did they hire a preschool fan to write the story? These flip flops from well written and irable character from pre Cata (when they had decent writing) to maniacally laughing, moustache twirling villain now and you’re telling me we’re going back on that too? A war criminal who’s been collecting war crimes like some people do pets, never regretting any of them suddenly finds consciousness? Blizzard characters can’t even stay “in character” anymore it seems. Or is it gonna be a touching story about how even *war criminals* can be redeemed, forgiven? How they deserve redemption and forgiveness? At this point Sylvanas deserves not any less than Arthas did, and there are arguments to be made in his defense (aka he lost his soul, and worst of his deeds were done in that state and after “merge” with nerzhul, before that he did some nasty stuff – aka stratholme and shenanigans in northrend – but those pale in comparison to an impressive list of Sylvanas war crimes).

Ridiculous low grade writing I’d expect to see in cheap flicks or fanfics. Subverting expectations as always, Blizzard. Well done.

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Sorenthaz

Ew. That’s such bad writing to force Sylvanas into some sort of redemption arc. Illidan was redeemable because his villainy was badly written and he mostly just terrorized Outland’s Draenei which we didn’t have much attachment to. Kerrigan was redeemable because they went down this big plot line of saving her from her infestation and then she made the choice to go back to leading the Zerg to fulfill a prophecy or whatever to take down the ultimate big bad.

Sylvanas has done nothing warranting a redemption arc and it’ll be horrible writing if she ends up being part of the Horde once more.

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Jeremy Barnes

but Zul’Jin said she would save the horde.. so we knew it was going to happen and that is what made this all so much worse than it already was..

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Sorenthaz

I figured that was just manipulation but if it turns out to be some BS plot twist to force Sylvanas to be brought back to the Horde, I give up.

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Jeremy Barnes

Indeed. I mean, I figure she’s going to “die” (what the hell is death anymore in WoW now that no one dies, but dead people in shadowlands can and do die? WTF) in order to save the horde and thus she’ll be gone from the narrative.

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Sorenthaz

Well I’d be okay with her dying in the end and doing a sacrifice stunt even though that’s another tired cliche. However, I am adamantly against the idea of her somehow redeeming herself in such a way to where the Horde brings her back into the fold with open arms or whatever. There’s just no way that she can atone for that crap outside of offing herself to stop the Jailor or whatever.

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Jeremy Barnes

Yea, that’s why they will kill her off when she does it. It’s why they leaned so hard into her chasing down immortality and losing Val’Kyr thus putting her at closer risk to actual death (but not real Death..going to the shadowlands death I think.. which she did anyway, but while still alive as undead).

Now she’s all setup to voluntarily give it up to save the horde thus making all the slaughters she committed ok in the end.

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Sorenthaz

Well not really making her crap okay, but at least resolved to where she can’t keep fueling conflict anymore and the Horde/Alliance are pushed more towards moving on and healing together.

Because let’s be real, cross-faction needs to be implemented moving forward with how the Alliance population is dwindling compared to the Horde population. And the forced faction conflict has gone on way past its expiration date at this point. There’s a reason why most other faction-based MMOs gave up on segregating their playerbases between 2-3 factions.

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Jeremy Barnes

That makes too much sense for Ion. I’d like to believe he was just spewing FUD when he said the faction conflict is never going away, but it’s Ion.. they’ll probably do something to make it worse.

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Bruno Brito

She’ll probably either die as a misinterpreted hero, or she’ll be hailed as a neutral, redeemed force.

Either way, it’ll be lackluster.

You know what, fuck it. At this point, just make her and Anduin get together. This shit is as bad as the worst harem mangas i’ve read in my life, and i’m highly sure we get more quality writing from WrathUin fanfiction.

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jealouspirate

Vol’jin said that, and it’s been confirmed in Shadowlands that it was Mueh’zala lying/manipulating him.

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Ironwu

Cheap, garbage writing and plot development. A new low in MMO story lines.

“Hey! Maybe Sylvanas wasn’t such a bad person after all! She can be redeemed! She is just misunderstood! The Night Elf Holocaust was ‘Fake News’!”

Nuts to these people.