Update July 11, 2016: Blizzard have released a teaser for the first Legion animated short, Harbingers.
The teaser is filled with demons, magic and stylish art. It doesn’t give much away, but it does show that WoW fans are going to be in for a great time. It’s not quite on the quality of Overwatch’s animated shorts, but it’s a nice change in style.
Here’s the Legion release date and everything else we know.
Check out the teaser below:
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Original Story June 10, 2016: Blizzard have revealed that the next World of Warcraft expansion will be getting its own animated shorts, as have proved so popular from the company in the past. These sadly won’t be the high-definition, fully animated wonders we’ve seen from the Overwatch team, but will follow the model and art style set out by Lords of War, the series that presented the main antagonists of the Warlords of Draenor expansion just before its release. It’s called Harbingers and is all about the Demon Hunters and their returned-from-the-dead, always-prepared master Illidan.
The purpose of the series is to explain a little further what Illidan was doing in the Black Temple and his plans to fight against the Burning Legion. In the first video of three we see the story of a single elf whose family were killed by the Legion. She becomes an Illidari – the big blind lad’s name for his faithful followers – and eventually helps Illidan take down a pit lord, one of the Legion generals.
It fills in some gaps, especially for those who might not have been paying full attention to the lore these past few years. Not especially complex, but a good holdover for those who can’t wait to get their hands on WoW’s latest class. We’ve been told that it will be available on YouTube in the near future, and we’re only a couple of months out from Legion itself so it shouldn’t be too long.