World of Warcraft Cinematic Has the New King of Stormwind Grieving

By Jeff Francis
World of Warcraft cinematic shows a grieving Anduin Wrynn

Blizzard has always done an admirable job updating the World of Warcraft lore over the years. Such attention to detail helps players really immerse themselves into the online rpg and become emotionally attached to the setting and its denizens. Recent events have led to the crowning of a new king of Stormwind, Anduin Wrynn, after the death of his father on the Burning Shore. Blizzard has revealed the World of Warcraft cinematic that awaits those who complete the Alliance-only A Found Memento quest line. SPOILER WARNING!

Of the World of Warcraft cinematic showing the grieving Anduin Wrynn, the developers say, "This was a story we had been wanting to share for a while, but hadn’t yet arrived at the right moment in the expansion to tell it. When things fell apart at the Broken Shore, it felt like there were many things left unsaid and unfinished for Anduin—and for the community as well. We went from the death of a king during the horrific clash at the Broken Shore, right into a battle for Azeroth’s very survival against the Burning Legion. There was no time to grieve for Anduin. However, with our return to the Broken Shore in Patch 7.2, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to revisit the young Wrynn’s storyline, and reveal to the audience that he’s still struggling to find his place as a king and coming to terms with the death of his father.

Knowing the story we wanted to tell in this cinematic, the quest team took the initiative to craft a robust quest line leading up to it, building and amplifying the emotional context for the cutscene. For those who have had the opportunity to play through it, there’s significant impact as we gain insight into what Anduin is experiencing—you see the people of Stormwind sharing their unvarnished feelings and doubts about Anduin as their new king. You witness some of the same skepticism conveyed by Genn Greymane—who, in his own gruff way, has stepped in as a father figure to the young king—and Velen, who has been his friend and mentor in the way of the Light on his journey to priesthood. Hearing these doubts led Anduin to make a firm decision: 'I must see the Broken Shore for myself.'"

The World of Warcraft cinematic featuring Anduin Wrynn is pretty moving. I hope that Horde players get the chance to experience something similar as Vol'Jin, the Horde Warchief, also fell on the Broken Shore at the hands of the Burning Legion. There's no doubt that Blizzard knows how to keep their players truly enmeshed into the game's virtual world.

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