Recently Blizzard released the Mists of Pandaria trailer at Gamescon. There has been a mixed reaction, to the pirate fight meets kung fu master who teaches both those scallywags a lesson. However one cannot argue that the trailer is filled with testosterone pumping action from start to finish. A few tongue in cheek moments bring a little levity to it but all in all when Blizzard says this expansion will be about the conflict between the Horde and the Alliance, and Pandaria is caught in the middle, I think they conveyed thatin this trailer.
So let me get out the way first the gripes I am hearing and seeing in the community and on twitter.
- There was no women in the trailer, Blizzard went out of their way to do this
- Blizzard has stated with this trailer, they don’t care about the expansion
- They didn’t demonstrate the true conflict of the Horde and Alliance and show the impact to Pandaria
Those 3 are summations of the major gripes. Let me try to address each.
Correct there are no women in the trailer. Did Blizzard go out of their way to not put any women in the trailer, maybe but not because they are against women, far from it. I have seen another blog post that brought up the same thing I discussed with some guildies last night that the characters for Horde and Alliance look like those found on Warcraft Tides of Darkness. Those two characters on the box look awfully familiar looking at the MoP trailer. Could it be that Blizzard was trying to associate the battle between Horde and Alliance in this expansion with some nostalgia from the past, as in their old RTS title? I think that is more plausible than, Blizzard hates women and is singling them out argument.
Now granted I was disappointed, they didn’t show a female Pandaren, as I think Blizz has outdone themselves with those models. Also seeing as how Jaina plays such an integral role in the storyline for this expansion not including her in the opening cinematic in some way seems wrong to me. However at the same time I do understand what I personally believe Blizzard was trying to do.
For the second item, Blizzard not caring about the expansion with the trailer. Granted I will agree I felt as though they could have done more with the trailer to convey the overarching conflict, the impact, show some key players, Jaina & Garrosh for example, I don’t think Blizzard would throw their hands up and say just put anything out who cares. Blizzard has never been that type of company. Sure some folks won’t agree with all the moves they have made, and while they have had missteps with games recently, I don’t think they say forget it, we don’t care just put out some garbage. I personally don’t think the trailer was garbage, I was just hoping for more.
Now the 3rd item, that Blizzard didn’t show enough about the Horde and Alliance conflict and its impact on Pandaria, I agree with this. I think they could have shown the two warriors fighting then have the Sha manifest during the fight. Though they kept it focused on the two of them fighting and introducing the Pandaren monk to the mix to restore balance.
In the end here are my thoughts on the Mists of Pandaria trailer. As I have mentioned before, I do not like how they did not include female Pandaren, the Sha, Garrosh or Jaina. I felt that all were integral parts of the story that were left out of the trailer. I enjoyed the action and the opening sequence was great with the ships seeming to be destroyed in rough seas. The jungle atmosphere and the battle that ensued along the ruins by the Horde and Alliance were great. Showing off some of the Monks moves and special abilities helped to highlight the new class and race. The struggle between the Horde and Alliance was nostalgic of the box art for Warcraft 2, for those old enough to have played it. The Horde and Alliance trying to work together, well I am a bit done with that, I want to see the fight rage on, no matter what, between the factions. In the end the trailer did just what a trailer should do though, give a snippet of what the game will be about, but making you want more. I am sure my personal views on this are different than others so I would love to hear your thoughts on the trailer.