As I predicted in my Guide to 7.2 on MMO Games this week, the game’s upcoming patch is going to hit the live realms next Tuesday/Wednesday (28th/29th) and with it is the promise that this is the biggest single mound of content that the Company has ever presented outside of an Expansion. It will take the fastest of you about two weeks to get flying on your mains, it’ll be approximately eleven weeks to secure your Class-Specific mount (assuming you do every week when it goes live) and there’s a good bet we’ll see 7.2.5 (and by extension the Tomb of Sargeras Raid) somewhere in the middle of June…
Funny how these things work out, isn’t it?
Today however we are not here to speculate over company motives, but to look at the surprise addition to the end of the Live Q&A last night: a trailer for the 7.2 Expansion, which was cast very much in the mould of adventures past. Let’s break it down, shall we?
1 : We all Stand Together
The Horde and the Alliance have, for once, stopped poking each other because finally (and for some of us thankfully) the Us v Them battle is of minor importance next to the very real belief that the Legion is going to incinerate everybody, regardless of their racial background. I am pleased to see that Vyk’rul are at the table here, and the Broken, and that NOBODY’S got that Jaina attitude that this fight’s not for everybody to participate in. HOWEVER Sylvanas or Greymane are nowhere to be seen. Intentional, or deliberate I wonder?
2 : Five get Over Excited
This 3D ‘representation’ is, I assume, Azeroth in the middle and the various moons around it (if I’m wrong someone from the Lore department will come correct me, I’m sure.) It is also, I’d wager, the positions that all those Pillars of Creation will need to be dropped in order to close the Tomb for good. If I’m wrong about all of this, you get a great shot of the Hunter Class Hall head honcho Emmarel Shadewarden regadless, so REPRESENT! PS: Love to know how this technology’s being used. Where’s the Explorer’s League to explain it?
3 : Respect
Khadgar’s doing that ‘rouse the troops’ shit that is normally reserved for Racial leaders but is only thinking back to the last fight he’s had. Velen, who we know has already given his life in another timeline to save his people, is a little more far thinking, and has an extremely personal score to settle with the big guy in charge. He knows what’s at stake here too, and having driven his spaceship into Azeroth, is probably quite keen to steal one of the Legion’s and get back to business… except this conversation, conveniently taking place in a large, exposed area for dramatic effect, is hardly secret…
4 : Somebody’s Watching Me
As Velen states ‘Gul’dan was merely their pawn’ we cut to Kil’Jaeden, Eredar Demon Lord of the Burning Legion, staring at these ‘pieces’ on his own personal game board. This is a lovely transition, and a good use of the perspective of scale. I’d suggest to the races of Azeroth that next time, maybe meeting underground might be more sensible to interfere with your enemy’s ability to spy on your every thought. It’s also apparent that the mortal race’s persistence is beginning to hack off ol’ KJ, which is actually a good sign for the battle going forward.
5 : I’m Waiting for the Man
Sargeras, KJ’s Senior Manager, looks a little bit different from the last time I remember him. Amazing, isn’t it, that the Legion can produce such accurate representations of the mortal races of Azeroth over huge distances but the Boss Bloke only gets to appear as a massive formless green blob. I always thought the supervillains were the best dressed, or maybe I’m reading the wrong fandoms these days. Either way, KJ’s pissed. He’s not happy over what had to be sacrificed to get here, and I can’t say I blame him one iota.
6 : A Whole New World
This is how I imagine Superman’s home world would look about 90 seconds before the wee bairn was fired into outer space, except this world didn’t explode and appears to be held together with luck and glow in the dark Playdoh. If this is our destination for 7.3 I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty excited for outer space. We’re gonna get space suits, right? Also I assume that instead of complaining about underwater questing I’ll be getting really annoyed with zero gravity physics. I can cope with that, it’s utterly cool. Also, That spaceship’s gonna be a model in the Gear Store by Blizzcon XI, CALLING IT NOW.
7 : It’s the End of the World as We Know It
Okay. Scared now.
7.2 : Castles Made of Sand
A few people pointed this out last night via social media and it is worth repeating: there’s a very deliberate ‘nod’ at the end of the trailer, where KJ commands his armies to ‘burn them to ash’ to the original Warcraft RTS, where Archimonde destroys that canon’s version of Dalaran. In fact, you should watch the whole thing yourself because as far as Old Skool cinematics go, it’s really rather clever.