“Safe Haven” Shows that Blizzard’s World of Warcraft Cinematic Team is Still the Best in the Business

“Safe Haven” Shows that Blizzard’s World of Warcraft Cinematic Team is Still the Best in the Business

"Safe Haven" is the cinematic for the upcoming World of Warcraft patch Rise of Azshara and it looks absolutely stunning.

Blizzard has never been one to slouch on visually-stunning cinematics for their massive franchises. World of Warcraft, in particular, has enjoyed numerous movie-quality short films since its launch in 2004. With their latest WoW cinematic, the team has outdone themselves. Check it out for yourself below.

From the moment the scene starts, you can notice the incredible level of detail that goes into these. Even small things like the way the space wheat crumbles in Saurfang’s hand in the opening moments are strikingly well done.

The trailer is setting up the upcoming Rise of Azshara patch. Saurfang has followed assassins to the hideout of former Horde Warchief Thrall. The old clan leader has gone back to Nagrand and lives under the shadow of the Oshu’gun mountain/spaceship. Thrall has the left the Horde in the hands of Sylvanas Windrunner, who has gone  mad and imprisoned Tauren leader Baine Bloodhoof. Presumably, Saurfang is recruiting Thrall to help him stop Sylvanas and rescue Baine.

The lore of WoW has always been super interesting to me, largely because of how massive the world is. There is so much to see and do. And Blizzard, for the most part, has always delivered intriguing content to make the subscription worth it. Cinematics like this one show that the team is investing tons of time and money in content that gets players excited about the game. I haven’t played WoW in about a year and a half and this cinematic is making me consider re-upping my sub (please send help).

World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth is out now for PC. The 8.2 patch Rise of Azshara is coming sometime this summer. Until then, everyone join me in wishing Blizzard would just take their cinematic tech and make a feature film.