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World of Warcraft Videos: Wrath of the Lich King Opening Cinematic (3:26)

Blizzard has released the opening cinematic for Wrath of the Lich King, the much anticipated expansion to World of Warcraft. The video continues Blizzard's tradition of stunning visual sequences and depicts Arthas, the Lich King himself, preparing his forces for the dark and frigid days to come.

Blizzard has released the opening cinematic for Wrath of the Lich King, the much anticipated expansion to World of Warcraft. The video continues Blizzard's tradition of stunning visual sequences and depicts Arthas, the Lich King himself, preparing his forces for the dark and frigid days to come.
Duration: 3:26
Views: 13,633  43 comments
Game: World of Warcraft
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Arskaaa writes: A bit boring, nothing fansy. Fri Aug 22 2008 12:39PM Report
butters88 writes: Meh... Fri Aug 22 2008 1:33PM Report
Branko2307 writes: Is it just me or is the sound dead after 2 minutes? Fri Aug 22 2008 1:56PM Report
Drothian writes: Yeah the sound does go about half way though..then comes back for like a nano second at the very And no...its not all that great really is it..!? It is as you say..boring, not the usual splendour that blizzard produce Fri Aug 22 2008 2:06PM Report
Tyres100 writes: How are you guys being so judgmental on a cinematic, unless you played WOTLK you can't really say it is boring, now can you? Fri Aug 22 2008 2:58PM Report
betatry writes: cool so you also going to kill him for l33t gear ? Fri Aug 22 2008 3:13PM Report
Vostroyan1 writes: WAR will own WAR's cinematic is much better. (2nd not first one) Fri Aug 22 2008 4:14PM Report
boomerangx writes: Too bad the used all the same models/skins for just about every mob and spell in this expansion.. Blizzard is going to get a wake up call come Sept 19th tho.. Fri Aug 22 2008 4:25PM Report
Ulag_darquel writes: aye sound dies... Fri Aug 22 2008 4:26PM Report
Dayison writes: I love to see all the negative comments. Means less latency for me when WOTLK comes out. It is pretty sad that some QA department didn't take the time to make sure the video was solid. :( Fri Aug 22 2008 5:28PM Report
Maldach writes: Blizzard have become bloated and lazy. Their once-great cinematics are now boring and cliche. Their reign is at an end. What was once a company of innovation is now stuck on the treadmill selling only what worked in the past. Fri Aug 22 2008 6:00PM Report
Serazahr writes: I agree with Maldach and a bunch of other people (credit will be given later) I noticed from myself that where before I used to praise Blizzard, I now talk about it like all those companies that make the same grinder games over and over again... because that is what Blizzard is doing! Fri Aug 22 2008 6:50PM Report
Horusra writes: If you go to blizzard's site the sound does not die. Fri Aug 22 2008 7:26PM Report
_Seeker writes: The Undead dragon looks alot like the spectral dragon from HOM&M V Fri Aug 22 2008 11:07PM Report
JonnyBigBoss writes: Long time follower of WoW, this video is underwhelming. Arthas is an awesome character but showing Illidan for a few seconds was a lot better than this. Sat Aug 23 2008 12:10AM Report
Mariner-80 writes: I think the video is nicely done. Arthas needs to be portrayed as quiet, brooding, ominous, and powerful. I hope the WoW movie, if it ever gets made, will be done in this style of CGI. That said, however, I can't say I have nay interest whatsoever in purchasing WotLK. I'm pretty much WoW-ed out, these days. :) Sat Aug 23 2008 6:13AM Report
Haradeas writes: Absolutly loved the manner how they inserted those words to contradict ^^ WC III and TFT... good old times... Sat Aug 23 2008 6:59AM Report
Mitara writes: Nice, but... all the real innovative people at Blizzard now work at Red 5 instead. Blizzard has a name though, that sells, not the product... Sat Aug 23 2008 9:03AM Report
Qrajber writes: Ye ye stunning intro as always as xpected it`s just that WOTLk will be another grindfest and to Branko yes sound goes dead after 2 mins Sat Aug 23 2008 1:12PM Report
neonwire writes: Yep it is indeed a fantastic intro. Shame the game isnt anywhere near as cool but oh well....and yeah the sound is messed up over halfway through Sat Aug 23 2008 2:12PM Report
csthao writes: Now why cant they make games like the theatrical trailers? :( Sat Aug 23 2008 5:45PM Report
Alienovrlord writes: Nice video only one thing - isn't this supposed to be about the PLAYERS? Not Metzen and his changable storylines. I'd rather see a cinematic with players, but it won't be the 1st time Blizzard has forgotten about them Sat Aug 23 2008 6:59PM Report
pileopoop writes: because no ones computer can handle it Sun Aug 24 2008 12:18AM Report
needalife214 writes: meh Sun Aug 24 2008 12:24AM Report
Zinzan writes: Disappointing to say the least. Sun Aug 24 2008 12:27AM Report
Hydrakana writes: Another winner of an intro from the masters at Blizzard. Seriously Blizzard, make a damn cgi movie... Sun Aug 24 2008 2:24AM Report
Hydrakana writes: Oh and watch the damn trailer on the offical WoW site, the sound dying is related to Those who don't understand the lore will not get this intro. Its deeper than anything they have made thus far. Sun Aug 24 2008 2:26AM Report
GJDeming writes: If only the gameplay was as immersive as the cinematic trailer... Sun Aug 24 2008 3:55AM Report
6SlipKnoT6 writes: Strong. Sun Aug 24 2008 7:04AM Report
Qmire writes: Ah crap, why does Blizzard always make such insane great cinematics? they should be making movies!!! i want them to make a movie about Warcraft or Diablo already it would sell... A LOT. Sun Aug 24 2008 7:05AM Report
copperclad writes: i really liked the part where he was walking and then walked again. snorefest. Sun Aug 24 2008 10:54AM Report
Howler54 writes: Qmire, I think they actually are working on a Warcraft movie :O At least that is what I've heard.. Sun Aug 24 2008 6:39PM Report
Quox writes: Pretty as always. Blizzard should really go into making cgi movies. Like.. I would totally watch if they made a WoW movie, or even a WoW movie series, Depicting all the WoW lore. :D That would be shweet. Sun Aug 24 2008 7:05PM Report
Wizardry writes: Yes a nice video.Blizzard does have a very good studio to work with.Too bad they spend so much time delivering quality movies and don't deliver in game.This movie is a nice touch that fits the modern era,there in game belongs with graphics in the 1990's. Sun Aug 24 2008 7:38PM Report
BlackWatch writes: I hate it when game companies put out these great video's for games when the gameplay is nothing like it at all. Anyway, when is the WoW movie coming out? Or did that get x'd? Sun Aug 24 2008 11:40PM Report
Jowen writes: Another guy, some more gear to collect. When will it end? Mon Aug 25 2008 3:25AM Report
vala2008 writes: watch out for the ice murlocs:) Mon Aug 25 2008 4:06AM Report
oobe writes: They'd better invested the money into something else, it doesn't really make the game any better. The cinematic looks very nice, the game however really starts looking like old crap. Mon Aug 25 2008 6:50AM Report
ryman writes: CG doesn't belong in representing games. This is just shows how boring and unreliable the game will become. Mon Aug 25 2008 11:05AM Report
Hayaku writes: Ech sound ends after 2 min. Wed Aug 27 2008 1:24AM Report
sonic1098 writes: boring Fri Oct 24 2008 2:01PM Report
sonic1098 writes: boring Fri Oct 24 2008 2:01PM Report
sonic1098 writes: boring Fri Oct 24 2008 2:01PM Report