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Blizzard postpones World of Warcraft Shadowlands reveal livestream

Published: 9/Jun/2020 4:05

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has officially hit the pause button on the World of Warcraft Shadowlands hype train. The publishers have confirmed the eighth expansion’s reveal stream, originally set to air June 9, has been indefinitely postponed.

The entire World of Warcraft community has been holding its breath for the upcoming Shadowlands reveal stream. Blizzard’s ‘tell-all’ broadcast was meant to finally lift the lid on what is coming in the MMORPG’s next flagship expansion. Instead, the wait now goes on, for now at least.

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The World of Warcraft publishers confirmed the planned Shadowlands stream had officially been pushed back due to ongoing protests in the United States.

“We are postponing our upcoming Shadowlands stream planned for June 9,” the studio confirmed in a tweet over the weekend. “More important voices than ours need to be heard, and now is the time to listen.”

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Blizzard promised “more details… in the future,” but did not confirm a new date. It’s likely, however, that the wait won’t be long. Activision’s other flagship franchises like Call of Duty have only held back their expansion releases by around a week.

Shadowlands joins Call of Duty and Fortnite in official delays

World of Warcraft’s expansion reveal delay comes after a slate of other game releases and streams were also postponed. These widespread delays in the past week have been related to the Black Lives Matter movement in America.

Perhaps the most high-profile delays came in Call of Duty and Fortnite. The former was set to drop the next Modern Warfare & Warzone season on June 3, but Activision pulled the pin at the last moment.

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Epic made a similar call just days later, scrubbing their Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 release date and shifting it to June 17. EA’s huge FIFA 21 unveiling, originally set for June 5, has also been pushed back to June 18, according to sources.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will finally arrive later this year, according to Blizzard’s last quarterly report.

Activision Blizzard’s choice to delay the Shadowlands stream comes just months after the studio made the “very difficult decision” to cancel BlizzCon 2020’s live event. The June 9 stream was supposed to replace that now-canned Shadowlands panel, and act as the official reveal event.

Blizzard dev Ion Hazzikostas and executive producer John Hight are still expected to helm the WoW reveal event. Team 2 will likely unveil the remaining details and goodies set to be included in Shadowlands at launch.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.