You are not prepared for the 'Warcraft: Wrath' intro

Blizzard releases the intro movie for its next WoW expansion.

Blizzard Entertainment on Thursday released the CG intro for its next game, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. This is the second expansion for WoW. The first, The Burning Crusade was released in January 2007 and sold 2.4 million copies in 24 hours to become the fastest-selling PC game in history.

Arthas, the Lich King, enacts his plan for the domination of the world...of Warcraft. Blizzard Entertainment

The CG intro for The Burning Crusade appeared about a month before the game's release. Blizzard has commented already that it expects Wrath to be released sometime in the fourth quarter. The fact that it's debuted the intro for the game is evidence that things are at least going well in the beta, and we could see a release as early as October.

Even if you're not a fan of WoW, you owe it to yourself to check out the intro as it's incredibly cinematic and has more story and character in its 3 minutes than many movies have in 90.

Also, the CG quality is really second to none, but that's usually the case with Blizzard CG intros. Fans of the previous WoW intros may be a little disappointed though. There is no montage of character classes showing off their badass-ness.

The cinematic focuses on one character only, so just be prepared for that. While I was initially disappointed that we didn't get our montage, I have to say that the intro is growing on me having watched it five times at the time of this writing. Hmm, maybe I'll start using the high-res version for monitor testing .

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Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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