"Without giving anything away about the cinematic, once you see it, I think you'll have a much deeper understanding, as Steve said, about what she is and what that history is. It's going to be a really fun opportunity to see her storyline advance in the content patches that will be coming."Omgomgomgomgomg SO EXCITED!
"we knew that it made sense from a story perspective that after we got Alleria Windrunner back from the Argus Campaign against Sargeras, that there would have to be a meeting between the three Windrunner sisters"What about Illidan, Tyrande and Malfurion? They didn't make sense from a story perspective?
"Long sequences of talking, exposition, explaining, character interaction, that's not what WoW is best at. People are in there to play to advance their characters and to experience stories, of course, but standing around watching NPCs, characters in the world talking to one another, that's not our strength. "Really? They've done this fairly effectively in the past - Suramar's band of revolutionaries are really well defined throughout its questline, and are likeable characters who we didn't know before. Sure, characterization has to take a backseat to also doing quest stuff, but I don't think WoW is that badly suited to this. The <Stay a while and listen.> events helped, too.
I love how the story is told. We are given different media to get to know about the background and the characters. The quality is always wonderful and lovely. I am looking forward the new warbringers. I am playing WoW since WoD and Aszhara was always a person, you just heard mysteries and legends about. Now I experience her live. I am excited!
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I thought Three Sisters was a great idea and execution, because it developed the established characters, and though it added a small bit of twisted clarification to Sylvanas's later ambitions, it wasn't a massive chunk of the story you'd miss out on if you didn't read it.The Collector's Edition novels were very much a different case, as the foundational pillars of character ambition and direction were there, but absent from the game, to the point where you could come to radically different speculations if you only played the game and didn't read the novels, or if you read and played.At least that's how I felt.In my opinion, the novels and comics are at their best when they bring layers to characters and the world without being the only source of important plot information of the primary game. At the very least, that information should be available somewhere in the game after the novel has been out for a day or five.
I don't like that you have to go outside the game to figure out what's going on in the story either, but the devs have been VERY clear that they are fully behind this multi-media approach to storytelling. So, it's here to stay. And, it's clear that from their perspective, they're not going to shy away from leveraging the lore to sell products in other spaces, no matter how much hand wringing some of us may have. Luckily, in the age of "data mining", there's always someone who will write a brief article (now if only people would make 30 second brief videos as well) summarizing things, so while it's nowhere close to ideal, it's a relatively palatable avenue available to us if we don't actually want to buy and read a bunch of mediocre novels, etc.
The whole issue of storytelling about the game that's told outside of the game itself is a bit murky, but here's my general opinion on it:If it's a novel being sold that tells a story about the history of Warcraft, or some side story unrelated to the story currently being told in-game, I'm fine with it.If it's an online comic or short story that has important parts of the story that aren't available in game, but the comic/story is made available online for free... it's not ideal, but I can stomach it.If you're hiding significant sections of the game's current storyline in a novel, and you're telling me "well of course the game's story doesn't make sense, you need to pay for the novel to figure out what the hell's going on", then you can buzz right off.Essentially, if I am already paying for the game, I should not have to pay more just for the story to make sense. What is in the game itself should be able to stand on its own, and the comics/novels should be supplementary at best.