Early datamined cutscenes for World of Warcraft start to piece together the story of patch 9.2

    
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And we will call it... this land!

All right, when you get tired of all of the fire covering World of Warcraft and Blizzard Entertainment in general right now, maybe you’d like to see how the whole patch 9.2 thing is shaking out. The short version is that there’s still no public test realm, but some things have already been mined out, including three cutscenes relating to the patch’s story.

It should be noted that these are still early sequences being mined; most of the voiceover lines are not yet included, there’s no music, and some models are still encrypted (the versions made available on Wowhead use placeholder models to get around this issue). Still, this should give interested onlookers some idea of what’s going to be happening with the game’s story when the patch becomes available for testing, and if nothing else it’s unlikely that the present and recorded voice lines will be significantly altered. So if you want to see about how players are getting to Zereth Mortis in the first place, watch on.

But, you know… spoilers ahead, yo.

Source: Wowhead
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Suspicious_Tutor_325

This is no way this can keep generating enough revenue to pay the bills and keep the lights on.

There have been rumors that the game is going to go full PVE story mode in 10.0 because there aren’t that many raiders left…if it dose they actually need a story, not a rip off of FFXIV

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Hurbster

If this was ESO you’d probably get booted there by a giant. Yes, this happened.

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RangerCoder

Can I just point out that no matter how crappy the storyline is… Once again their toxic fan sites WoW$$$head datamined it and spoil it for everyone by posting it months before anyone is able to play it. Because they can, for clicks! How hard is it for Blizzard to fing get one internal testing team and stop this PTR crap… or you know if they really have to test the same code they copy/pass for years maybe you know…. NOT INCLUDE THE story parts and text in those public ptr builds…. FFXIV does that the media tour preview had all the story strip from the preview build even the zones had many hidden things so no one was able to spoil anything…

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Tom316

That would take
Blizzard actually caring and we all know Blizzard could care less about its players. Heck your not even going to get the whole story in the game, you will need to purchase books to fill in all the gaps to make any sense of it all if your lucky.

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Dug From The Earth

I find it hard to get mad at sites that I have 100% control over not going to.

And PTR is hardly “months before”, more like weeks.

The other issue, which would be 100% counter intuitive, is that the PTR exists to TEST the game, which includes story cutscenes, quests, and other elements that the players will be interacting with and experiencing.

Id personally just exhibit a bit of self control and effort to avoid spoilers, than have to deal with even more bugs and issues that could have been resolved on the PTR before I had to experience them.

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Josh

Oh come the fuck on.

First Zereth Mortis looks like they plagiarized GW2.

Now this? I know it’s WoWs MO to swipe shit from other games but I feel like it’s never been this blatant before

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RangerCoder

Blizzard is a copy/passing story and IPs and characters from the day they created the WoW IP because they couldn’t get Warhammer IP, Starcraft is one Warhammer 40k ripoff. Most of their game ideas are stolen ‘inspired ‘ from other games, like WoW itself was just coping Elfquest, they just dumb it down… with a little better interface and core gameplay.

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Neowolf2

You mean Everquest? Elfquest was a comic book.

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Hurbster

I’m also getting heavy Rift vibes as well.

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Dug From The Earth

Ive heard this being compared to Wildstar, FF14, and now GW2? Sheesh blizzard… at least they are equal opportunists when it comes to ripping off others, even if they arent in their work space.

#badumtsss

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Danny Smith

“Hey Square can i borrow your homework?”

“Sure just change it a little!”

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cursedseishi

Y’know… It bugged me, and I couldn’t quite place why it did… Was distracted by Masked Ghost Woman though, so didn’t give it much thought.

… Now I realize why it looked so familiar! Emet-Selch must have swiped it! Perfectly explains why that fourth key was missing. And then when he got blasted, Interdimensional inter-games Customs must have snagged it. No wonder the update cadence has been so slow for World of Warcraft! It makes perfect sense!

That wily lil’ rascal Emet, causing another game some issues for us buddies!

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Bruno Brito

Even for the level of Blizz storytelling, those three scenes were bad. Uninteresting as hell.

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Bereman99

Please tell me I’m not the only person that thinks this important “final sigil” looks eerily familiar?

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Danny Smith

Pure concidence.

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RangerCoder

This is just beyond sad!

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cursedseishi

Watched it, and… as someone who has literally no investment or interest in the story, I can offer up an excellent (if 100% guaranteed somewhat inaccurate) summary!

Non-Serious But Totally 100% Accurate Summary
Old Goat Man says we got three keys, but problem the door has four locks. He’s concerned… I guess? But Freaky Mask Boys say hold up, and giant Freaky Mask Woman with her opacity set to 50% suddenly pops behind them, drops the fourth key and deletes her own layer and vanishes. Goat man says cool, remains chill as big frack-all door floats in. It bursts open like a bag of butter popcorn overheated, and the insides look every bit that.

Goat man loses his voice cause baddies show up and do an Anime with Dragons(?) flying around. MC(?) hops on a dragon, along with the main blue guy from Avatar who probably bonded with the dragon and we fly into Movie Butter Popcorn Portal, followed by a poor-man’s Spirit Bomb.

Jailer walks in on his son creating his new Real Doll waifu, but she needs a voice. For some reason, they’re standing in front of the corpse of the big bad from Persona 4. Jailer asks Death Anduiknight if he’s winning, and in his resulting disappointment from the lack of an answer declares he’s found the secret Chili recipe or something and… does a spirit beam out of there. Jaina(?) scowls and shakes her head…

Likely because Sylvanas is off-screen saving a puppy now and kissing its booboos.

Am I right? Who knows! Do I care? Not one bit. I’m waiting for the Fonz to punch the portal to get it working so we can go jumping over like… Ghost-Sharks. I’m guessing one of the zones has Ghost Sharks. Be weird if they didn’t.

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Sarah Cushaway

I’m willing to bet this is about 100% accurate actually.

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angrakhan

LOL! I hope you’re right because your version is way more entertaining than whatever Blizz is going to come up with.