World of Warcraft Debuts Shadowlands Animated Series August 27

World of Warcraft Shadowlands is getting its own pre-release animated series. The gorgeous trailer revealed we'd see the full thing at Gamescom this week.

By Ricky Frech

August 24, 2020

World of Warcraft fans have long been treated to some of the best-in-class trailers and animations over the years. From the jaw-dropping opening to the original version to the animated series the team has been making before each of the last few expansions, Blizzard’s video team has continually pumped out great content. Later this week, we’ll get our eyes on the next fruit of their labors. The run-up to Shadowlands kicks into full force with the Afterlives animated series. It’s set to premiere at Gamecom on August 27, but you can check out the series’ trailer below.

As something of a World of Warcraft lore nerd, I love these animatics. It’s not quite as satisfying as a full-blown series would be; however, each version of Blizzard’s shorts have been great. So far, Warbringers is probably my personal favorite. That said, I still don’t think they’ve topped The Tomb of Sargeras audio drama. Sure, it’s not the visual treat the animatics are, but it’s so good that doesn’t matter.

Afterlives looks to give players a bit of a history lesson on the various faces and factions they’ll meet in the Shadowlands. Plus, we’ll get another look at what happens once souls “cross the eternal veil”. From a narrative standpoint, it’s all very intriguing.

That said, my recent time with the beta has me convinced that I’ll probably fall off this expansion pretty quickly. It’s not that the game is bad, it’s just that I want something new. I’ve been playing on-and-off since 2005, so I need a little more spice to keep me around. Hopefully, the team is able to prove me wrong.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is set to launch later this year. The Afterlives animated series drops on August 27 at Gamescom.

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