World of Warcraft’s patch yields another cinematic… but there are more still encrypted ones to find

    
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Ominous!

There’s a new cinematic that’s been discovered for World of Warcraft’s upcoming patch 9.1, Chains of Domination. It’s a spoiler. That much you can probably guess just from context. But what is contained within that’s so spoilerific? Well, telling you that would just be more of a spoiler. Suffice it to say, though, that if you absolutely hate times when it turns out that all of the old villains were secretly working for the new villain who had never been previously introduced… you’re not going to be really pleased with this one. Sorry.

Of course, there’s more stuff that hasn’t yet been spoiled and can’t yet be spoiled. Dataminers have found over seven minutes’ worth of encrypted cutscenes in the most recent build, meaning that there’s a fair chunk of story that no one has any idea what it will entail just yet. The cinematics will likely be mined out within moments of the actual launch on June 29th, but until then you’ll just have to wait and speculate.

Source: Wowhead (1, 2)
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Danny Smith

God the art team can make such good assets but it feels like ever since they went from machinima to in engine the quality of some of the cutscenes have just kept getting worse since Legion. Like some of the animations are comparable to the stuff people used as examples why pokemon sword and shield clearly ran out of development time to match the release date of the pokemon companys tidal wave of merchandise and you would think one of the biggest moneymakers in the genre could do a little better than what in some cases is comparable to pulling the camera super far in on an rts.

Which i guess is either ironic or meta depending on if its intentional or not given the IP.

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SmiteDoctor

This has been out for at least day, watched an Asmongold Reaction, and an Accolonn analysis video.

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angrakhan

Honestly if I were Blizzard and had such a huge budget I’d pack every patch chock full of random crap from movie clips to dialog to music, items, and maps that weren’t even a part of the game just to mess with data miners. Every patch would definitely have a Rick Astley clip in it somewhere.

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TomTurtle

The in-game cutscenes like the one linked feel so stilted. I mostly look forward to the custom animated ones, presumably those that are encrypted.

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Munchmeat2

I think this patch is going to be a big let down. I finally uninstalled WoW from my computer after 17 years. I just don’t think the current development team is producing a good game anymore. Feels way too gamified for me.

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Jeremy Barnes

The current team’s creativity is bound to a spreadsheet of numbers.

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Bruno Brito

I mean, i don’t even think that if we’re talking about metrics. I just think that the people who are chosen to be the lead designers of the game always come from a small pool of players, like raiders or arena players or such, and the people they talk with are also from that pool of players.

How many WoW designers you met that were into heavy RP? Or were mainly casual players and focused on open world content?

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angrakhan

Oh while I haven’t met a WoW designer, I agree they definitely come from the same echo chamber that says that hardcore play styles should be venerated to the point of worship and everyone else’s role is to either bow down to their glory or at least become a visible object lesson in how much less than the non-hardcore players are rewarded.

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SmiteDoctor

The director is the same guy that ran the site Elitist Jerks back in the day.

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Bruno Brito

I’m aware of Ion’s “curriculum”.

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_a4

Creativity has left the team long ago.

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_a4

I congratulate you on this decision and wish you a prosperous life where you never install WoW again. Playing with a brick is more fun than playing WoW nowadays.