I think the last time I watched some trailers for Blizzard’s long-running MMO, they had Lich Kings coming out of the ice with undead dragons flying overhead and Kung-Fu Pandas being introduced as playable characters. I saw a new one had been released, so I decided to give it a look-see. Keep in mind I don’t play the game and have only passing familiarity with the lore thanks to chats with friends who do or internet osmosis. Nevertheless, to my untrained eyes, this trailer was not what I expected. I think Azeroth (or wherever it takes place now) is running out of traditional setpieces in the same way Dungeons & Dragons did in the 80’s and 90’s, so Blizzard got a bunch of TSR’s old sourcebooks off of eBay and this is the result:
Without knowing anything about the state of the game, it strikes me that the circle of wise-people could be the Federation Council or the Galactic Senate with the demon-guy standing in for Darth Badguy and nothing would change. Nothing, especially the demon-guy having his own space fleet which jumps out of hyperspace at 2:20.
Admittedly, I loves me some Spelljammer, and I’ve watched every episode of every Stargate series, so it’s not like I haven’t enjoyed mixing the fantastic with sci-fi elements. Maybe the demon-guy’s fleet makes sense if you’ve been with the series from the beginning. I looked at a WoW wiki or two, and it wasn’t long before alternate timelines came up, so maybe this isn’t entirely new ground. I mean, a friend once explained the entire Green Lantern mythos to me in about ten minutes, which wound up with both of us agreeing that while a lot of it was cool, all taken together in summarized form it came off as pretty loopy.
Anyway, spaceships in World of Warcraft and a bad guy that destroyed a planet for an evil
force power? It’s a classic yarn, if nothing else.