Blizzard has done a tremendous job at creating one of the most immersive and creative worlds we have ever seen in a video game. I can't even begin to tell you how many hours I have spent roaming World of Warcraft's Azeroth, admiring the beauty that was essentially a virtual home to a community of wonderful people.
I've been saying for years that the land of Azeroth was ripe for a feature film adaptation, and that's exactly what we are getting with Warcraft. It's imperative that the game world translates well to the big screen, and from what we have seen so far, it's looking great!
Here are some examples.
Elwynn Forest Is Ripped Straight From The Game
Elwynn Forest might be the most recognizable area of World of Warcraft because it's the starting point for people playing as humans. These beautiful woods are lush with dense forests and cascading mountains.
Stormwind City Has Been Beautifully Brought To Life
Stormwind City is the main center of the Alliance. Warcraft will focus on both the Alliance and Horde factions, and to represent the Alliance correctly, you have to nail Stormwind City. Fortunately, the creators of the movie did just that.
Lakeshire Is Exactly How Fans Remember It
The beautiful small town of Lakeshire in the Redridge Mountains is one of my favorite places in World of Warcraft. I just love its small-town feel. We see here in the movie still that Lakeshire appears to be under attack by orcs, but this scene still manages to capture the feel of this majestic hamlet.
Bonus: Hogger Wanted
This is exactly what I mean when I say this movie has truly been made with the fans in mind. One of the first things new players encounter is a sign declaring that a vile nuisance named Hogger needs to be taken out. Look closely in the movie, and you'll see the same sign.
The Swamp Of Sorrows Brings Tears To My Eyes
One of my finest WoW memories was roaming through the Swamp of Sorrows as my orc warlock, admiring the swampy beauty it exhibited. It was dark, grimy and you could feel the humidity oozing through your computer screen. Warcraft has captured all these details.
They Had To Get Stormwind Keep Right — And They Did
Every little detail of Stormwind Keep is done to perfection. In fact, it was so spot-on that Warcraft actor Robert Kazinsky admitted that seeing this set in real life was his biggest on-set geek-out moment — and it brought him to tears.
Ironforge: Just As Majestic As In The Game
The city of the dwarves might look even better in the movie than it does in the game. And that's saying something, because it's a classic.
The Worlds Of Warcraft
Most video game movies have not been well-received, but we're always hoping there will be a movie so true to the game that you can't help but love it. This movie is made for fans of World of Warcraft who have dedicated hours, days, weeks, months, even years to gameplay.
Blizzard understands that what keeps its games going is the immense community built up behind them. And that is something we must commend Blizzard for — it really cares about its fans.
As for the movie? Well, the details are perfect, the two worlds are combined seamlessly, and it captures that same magic that WoW has for the last decade. Thank you so much, Blizzard, for all you have done for our community!