Blizzard knows there are a lot of retired World of Warcraft players out there and maybe a lot of them are on the fence about returning to the game for BfA. Polyon’s piece on how now is supposedly the best time for people to get back into WoW seems to acknowledge this situation. Now, it seems like Blizzard wants to help hype up Battle for Azeroth even more to bring back fans through a series of character videos. Here’s the trailer showcasing the different characters that will be getting a mini-trailer.
The first of the series called “Warbringer” features a somewhat downhearted Jaina Proudmore as she sails through waters full of fallen comrades. If you’re not big into Warcraft lore, Jaina’s father, Daelin Proudmoore was an admiral commanding a fleet of vessels from his home – Kul Tiras. Having fought through the Second War against the orcs, Daelin believed the Horde to be inherently evil and nothing could change his perspective. Jaina, on the other hand, believed that this wasn’t true, and saw that the new Horde under Thrall was something completely different from the one witnessed during the Second War.
During Warcraft III, Daelin was obsessed with defeating the Horde and despite Thrall’s attempts at trying to make him recognize that the Horde had changed, would not give up. In the end, Daelin was killed in battle while Jaina looked on. In the aftermath, the people of Kul Tiras began to view her as a traitor and completely shut themselves off from any further dealings between the Alliance and Horde conflict.
The events which transpired throughout the last few expansions have led to Jaina questioning her earlier beliefs and serve as the backdrop for the coming events in Battle for Azeroth. Blizzard’s trailer shows Jaina returning to the site where her family’s ship sunk while pondering the actions which led to her father’s death. Through the use of powerful magic, she is able to bring his ship back to the surface.
You can check out the video below.
It goes without saying that the video is very well animated and really breathes emotion into the Alliance vs. Horde conflict. It’s been awhile since a WoW expansion was focused on it as the last few ones have put them together to fight even bigger threats.
I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to seeing the Sylvanas one which should be coming out soon. Kudos to Blizzard for these videos. With less than three weeks before BfA’s August 14th release, they do a great job hyping up a world a lot of fans haven’t seen in a long while.