Blizzard have recently revealed its newest World of Warcraft cinematic which was a pleasant shock to long-term players. Safe Haven details how Horde insurrectionist Varok Saurfang found and recruited Thrall to the Horde’s cause.
The cinematic first starts out with Saurfang showing up in his zone of residence, Outland — a zone which only now shows the destroyed remnant of the original Orc homeworld, Draenor. Despite the lingering scars of the battles in World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, the land is still lusciously green and growing. In the cinematic, Saurfang finds Thrall, who is sharpening a blade in his own makeshift Orc village. They talk about Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner, and the way she’s allegedly destroying the Horde. Thrall claims he won’t lead the Horde again, and Saurfang asks if he’ll fight for it instead. The Undead Assassins ambush them. After fighting them off, Thrall has an altercation with Saurfang for endangering his family. Saurfang reveals that he followed the Assassins, who Sylvanas presumably sent to kill Thrall. Saurfang tells Thrall that the two of them will never be safe, and can’t run from this fight. Thrall then kicks over his anvil and grabs his axe.
This new cinematic gives context to how Thrall shows back up in the next World of Warcraft patch. With Thrall back on his side, Saurfang’s resistance stands a better chance of catching on. With Thrall claiming that he won’t lead the Horde in Safe Haven, that leaves Saurfang as the most likely candidate to claim a leadership role. If Saurfang or other important Horde leaders die in this resistance movement, that could convince Thrall to change his mind, and return to his original role as Warchief.
Players will see more of Thrall when Blizzard releases Patch 8.2, Rise of Azshara in the next few weeks. Update 8.2 will also bring players a brand new zone to explore.
After the assault in Dazar’alor, both the Alliance and the Horde are recovering from the battle and licking their wounds. With both factions losing an important amount of ships and eager to recover their losses, it is a perfect time for the Naga to strike. As we venture into the great blue beyond, we find a crack leading to an ancient land. Between waterfalls, we fall into the ancient land of Nazjatar.
Typically, whenever Blizzard develops a story they tend to keep the path of the expansion in mind throughout, one of which is Sylvanas’s rise to power and how everyone reacts to it. That will hold an important place in obtaining a key to how we get to Nazjatar and what happens there. The storylines will intertwine–at some points you’ll leave Nazjatar, return, ‘things will happen.’ You’ll start to see more links between the overall story of BFA and the actions of certain individuals through the Nazjatar questing.
Of course, what else we will see from Battle For Azeroth is still up to the imagination for now, but Blizzard has already promised new storyline progression, BFA flying, new mounts, Pet battle dungeons, and even the chance of getting a new playable race.
Also worth noting is the upcoming release of World of Warcraft’s very own Classic release, which will be included in the regular World of Warcraft subscription.
Playing Classic will allow it’s players to:
- Relive An Era Lost To Legend – Return to Azeroth as it was during the Drums of War update, which represents the original WoW at its most content-complete.
- Classic Gameplay With Today’s Conveniences – Experience the authentic gameplay of 2006 built on the infrastructure of WoW today, with server technology providing a smooth and stable experience; support for modern PC hardware; and access to Blizzard Battle.net’s social features.
- Included With Existing Wow Subscriptions – Anyone who subscribes to World of Warcraft can play WoW Classic at no additional cost. Explore the far corners of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms before and after the world-shattering events that changed Azeroth forever.