I was once a very hardcore WOW (World of Warcraft) player. And although I burned out and haven’t been playing this year (after reaching 85 with my main, I just lost interest), but I still follow the news. Blizzard just released a trailer for the upcoming fourth expansion, the Mists of Pandaria. Below is a series of cinematics, from the original 2004 release to this newest (sometime 2012). It’s an interesting exercise in progression.
Above is the classic WOW launch cinematic.
Burning Crusade, where the demon infested Illidan Stormrage is confronted.
Then, above, the corrupted Lich King and his army of Scourge, in Wrath of the Lich King.
Then the gigantic Deathwing shatters the world in Cataclysm.
And finally, above, the arrival of… talking pandas. Hmmm. Seems a little like an April Fools joke. But not.
Now Blizzard also just released the cinematic for the upcoming Diablo 3.
That’s more like it! Even if the demon lecture is slightly cheesy. Also note how awesome the rendered girl looks, particularly the lighting and skin textures.