Battle for Azeroth is now Live!
The moment you've been waiting for is here, Battle for Azeroth is live!

WoW Companion App Update
The WoW Companion app has been updated for Battle for Azeroth! Grab it from the Google Play store or iTunes now.



Battle for Azeroth - The Music of Warbringers
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Warbringers animated shorts present the tales of iconic leaders Jaina Proudmoore and Sylvanas Windrunner during pivotal times in their lives. Now you can relive these moments with their haunting musical compositions.


Add it to your Battle for Azeroth playlist on Spotify or iTunes now.

VG247 Interview with Gary Platner and Terran Gregory
VG247 did a Battle for Azeroth interview with Gary Platner and Terran Gregory.

  • High end cinematics have limitations to how many characters can be created and the Battle for Azeroth cinematic was far more than the CGI team has created before.
  • Terran Gregory was personal disappointed that gnomes didn't make it into the cinematic, but thinks that as they grow their capabilities they will be able to showcase many more Alliance and Horde races.
  • The Legion epilogues were the "return to the shire" moments of an expansion that ended with a world shattering conclusion. They wanted to bring the story back to terrestrial Azeroth and foreshadow that something will go wrong.
  • The story team always discusses how to service both factions and it ultimately comes down to telling a compelling and emotional story.
  • You can't set out with a goal to make sure everyone enjoys the story in the same way. That is unattainable.
  • The team admires the passion of the fanbase and knew that bringing the story back to a faction conflict was gonna see bold decisions not yet done in WoW.
  • They knew that there would be strong reactions to the burning of Teldrassil, but it has exceeded expectations! Alex Afrasiabi was quoted as saying "all those feelings mean we’re doing our job as storytellers, and that the community cares about what we’re doing."
  • This single moment got extremely passionate and Blizzard still needs to make sure they make sure their people are being treated with respect, but they admire the passion.
  • They enjoy watching the reaction videos to the content, good or bad.
  • Storytelling involves highs and lows. Old Soldier would not have had as much impact without the Sylvanas Warbringer short.
  • The team still has a lot of work to do to improve the new player experience.
  • If something doesn't work the team will come back and refine it.
  • They plan to support the game for as long as the player base supports them.
  • From today's perspective, the team does not see World of Warcraft coming to an end. The game is evergreen and constantly attended to.
  • Gregory says that Alex Afrasiabi designed this expansion like it would be the last. He said not to hold back.
  • The team is committed to keeping WoW powerful and relevant as long as they can.


XGN Interview with Gary Platner and Terron Gregory
XGN interviewed Gary Platner and Terron Gregory in Amsterdam!

  • Boralus is the shining gem of the expansion in terms of art. The city reflects in the water and so it basically had to be signed twice.
  • Terran is most proud of the Broken Shore cinematic.
  • Terran is an Alliance Draenei Paladin player while Gary is a Horde Undead Warlock.
  • Terran wants to be a gnome paladin.
  • Not everyone on the team knows how Battle for Azeroth will end. They don't keep secrets; it's just only having time to give people the information to do their work.


PCWorld Interview with Dusty Nolting
PCworld interviewed Lead Character Artist Dusty Nolting on Battle for Azeroth's Heroes.[/b][/size]

  • Dusty loves Saurfang and seems him as a very important character this expansion.
  • Allied Races allow the team to take the traditional aspect of an existing race like orcs and draenei and play around with adding cool and new features such as tattoos and horns and such.
  • The team comes up with a huge story and the expansions allow them to further this story. It is not necessarily episodic like a television series.
  • Exploring the new cultures in Battle for Azeroth has been the most fulfilling part of creating Battle for Azeroth for Dusty.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Battle for Azeroth Live!, WoW Companion App Update, Warbringers Music, Interviews started by chaud View original post
Comments 14 Comments
  1. dumkin's Avatar
    Draenor realm is down. Everyone else is on. Nice.
  1. Xerganor's Avatar
    Step 1: Check comments.
    Step 2: See just one post, from a fellow EU-Draenor denizen ofc
  1. Esper's Avatar
    Kel'Thuzad is on fire right now. Nothing is moving at all in Silithus.
  1. Deanscream's Avatar
    The servers are "Live"
  1. Nitex's Avatar
    Character select screen is just black....
  1. SimmerRift's Avatar
    lol. Also an Draenor-EU here. Can't even log back into the character select screen anymore.
  1. ohnoto's Avatar
    ...gnomes didn't make it into the cinematic, but thinks that as they grow...
    As gnomes grow... I see what's being done here. Always punt gnomes when possible.
  1. Cel's Avatar
    They knew that there would be strong reactions to the burning of Teldrassil, but it has exceeded expectations! Alex Afrasiabi was quoted as saying "all those feelings mean we’re doing our job as storytellers, and that the community cares about what we’re doing."
    Poor Alex. Missing the message from the community by a country mile.

    The strong reactions weren't to the burning of Teldrassil. The strong reactions were towards weak, illogical, inconsistent build up from characters that seem to be losing depth as the story continues, rather then building it. It wasn't because we didn't want to see Teldrassil burnt. Its because the story portrayed to us, building up to the burning of the World tree was poorly developed.

    When will they stop mistaking player's critiques of poor story telling with their assumption of emotional story direction?
  1. Williamgood's Avatar
    Hm hoping the companion app still backwards compatible with legion... still need to farm dem rep missions heh
  1. Lane's Avatar
    They knew that there would be strong reactions to the burning of Teldrassil, but it has exceeded expectations! Alex Afrasiabi was quoted as saying "all those feelings mean we’re doing our job as storytellers, and that the community cares about what we’re doing."
    No, not it does not. People are angry with the writing, they're not immersed in the story, which means you failed at storytelling.

    I need to quit reading these interviews. Despite feedback on everything wrong with it they're so smug about having elicited any sort of emotional response from the players they won't accept it's an undesirable reaction.

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    They knew that there would be strong reactions to the burning of Teldrassil, but it has exceeded expectations! Alex Afrasiabi was quoted as saying "all those feelings mean we’re doing our job as storytellers, and that the community cares about what we’re doing."
    No, not it does not. People are angry with the writing, they're not immersed in the story, which means you failed at storytelling.

    I need to quit reading these interviews. Despite loads of feedback on everything wrong with it they're so smug about having elicited any sort of emotional response from the players they won't accept it's an undesirable reaction.
  1. Levaustian's Avatar
    gregory says that alex afrasiabi designed this expansion like it would be the last. He said not to hold back.
    what does this mean
  1. Frank the Tank's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ohnoto View Post
    As gnomes grow... I see what's being done here. Always punt gnomes when possible.
    The guy who said that is the hugest gnome fan. I don't think he meant it like that, lol.
  1. khitranegg's Avatar
    I probably missed the announcement, but weren't we due another Warbringers video?

    Pretty ok launch considering the buggy lead up and global release really.
  1. Zyneth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Williamgood View Post
    Hm hoping the companion app still backwards compatible with legion... still need to farm dem rep missions heh
    Not backwards compatible but the old app is working for now so I am holding off updating for as long as I can to allow as much weakening essence farming as I can although the app is becoming increasingly unstable so this may not last long

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