Crossroads - Cinematic (Spoiler)
The Crossroads cinematic is unlocked as you progress through the War Campaign.


Essence Visual Effects
Luis Aguas, an Associate FX Artist with Blizzard, worked on the Azerite Essence visual effects. They uploaded some of their favorites to ArtStation.



Mike Morhaime Interviews
Mike Morhaime, co-founder and former President of Blizzard Entertainment, recently attended GameLab in Barcelona to accept an award. During interviews with VG247, he was asked about his non-compete contract and about why Heroes of the Storm failed.

  • His non-compete ended in April, and he is free to pursue whatever he wants.
  • He is currently in the brainstorming phase, and doesn't have anything concrete to share yet.
  • Some of his ideas are games, some of them are not.
  • He thinks the Heroes of the Storm team made a great game, but it was a little too late.
  • One of his biggest regrets was not pursuing Dota early enough.
  • There were more people playing Dota than Warcraft 3.
  • Blizzard had their hands' full supporting World of Warcraft.
  • If he could go back in time he would have had a team start doing something with Dota before the launch of Starcraft 2.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Crossroads Cinematic, Essence VFX, Mike Morhaime Interviews started by Osiris View original post
Comments 71 Comments
  1. schwank05's Avatar
    So now everyone is going to hate the Forsaken and Sylvanas because Baine is a Traitor?
  1. Yes but actually no's Avatar
    Remember the scrapped Barrens warfront? This stupid but likely Siege of Thunderbluff stuff may play a part in bringing that back.
  1. Galathir's Avatar
    Just played the war campaign and watched the cinematic myself. Got a tear in my eye now.
  1. ChairmanKaga's Avatar
    This story is terrible.
  1. Fetus Rex's Avatar
    Written with a coat hanger.
  1. Eggroll's Avatar
    Well, Mike Morhaime got that right.

    Not doing DOTA was a huge lapse of judgement back then, and Blizz is still paying for that to this day.
  1. Castration's Avatar
    wow is now some crap drama tv series
  1. Charo's Avatar
    HotS was one of the only MOBAs that really got my attention. The combination of streamlined gameplay, focus on the team not the individual, and Blizzard heroes really hooked me. It was the Team Fortress of the MOBAs. I hope they continue to support it, even if it at the snail's pace they are right now.
  1. Sunderella's Avatar
    man, this is terrible at so many levels.
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    I always knew how much Blizzard regretted not doing something with DotA when it was born in WC3. So much potential has been lost just because how stuck up they acted. HotS has a lot more issues than just arriving to late though.
  1. Psygon's Avatar
    Wow hey Alliance girl... kill the Horde!
  1. justandulas's Avatar
    Yah no. I’m not gonna right sylvanas for that pack of traitors
  1. Monkeymootwo's Avatar
    I honestly don't really see what the problem is here. WoW and Warcrafts writing has never been OMG SO AMAZING, BfA's storytelling seems absolutely on par with everything else they've done, I'd say a step ahead of Legion tbh. I dunno, I just take it for what it is.

    I wonder if during Warcraft III's time people bitched about the Alliance and Horde teaming up to take down the Legion.

    But anywho, nice cinematic
  1. Niroshi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeymootwo View Post
    I honestly don't really see what the problem is here. WoW and Warcrafts writing has never been OMG SO AMAZING, BfA's storytelling seems absolutely on par with everything else they've done, I'd say a step ahead of Legion tbh. I dunno, I just take it for what it is.

    I wonder if during Warcraft III's time people bitched about the Alliance and Horde teaming up to take down the Legion.

    But anywho, nice cinematic
    Nah people still had some grip on reality in Warcraft 3, it was just a good game. Now the factions are basically treated like fantasy Republicans and Democrats and everyone's a partisan.
  1. DeadDest's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeymootwo View Post
    I honestly don't really see what the problem is here. WoW and Warcrafts writing has never been OMG SO AMAZING, BfA's storytelling seems absolutely on par with everything else they've done, I'd say a step ahead of Legion tbh. I dunno, I just take it for what it is.

    I wonder if during Warcraft III's time people bitched about the Alliance and Horde teaming up to take down the Legion.

    But anywho, nice cinematic
    Well, only a few missions involved teaming up with other races. So we didn't have much to dislike anyway. And I think finales are ok to have team-ups. I'm worried about WarCraft 4 though. I was fine with Orcs and Trolls hanging out together and Human and Dwarves/Gnomes. But I think the game would be ruined if they did Alliance/Horde. Undead and Night Elf are too unique to have their culture/design eroded by Modern WoW-like shit.
  1. Zappidoo's Avatar
    I'm going to miss being Horde
  1. KainneAbsolute's Avatar
    When Wrathion talked at the MoP, he said the sieging Thunderbluff was going to be horrible and will cause lots of casualties.

    I wont fear a faction less wow. For me, this cinematic sets up how the faction merge will be ruined.
  1. Paraka's Avatar
    Sure do love how forced the story feels just to set a stage of faction merging so Blizzard can just write a solitary story of Anduin and the Anduiny Adventures starring Anduin.
  1. dope_danny's Avatar
    Everytime i watch one of these cutscenes and see them finally talk rather than roar and run at each other i think for a moment that maybe some significant change will happen.

    Then i remember i thought the same at Siege of Orgrimmar and this faction horseshit is never going away and the story will always use it as the filler plot nobody seems to care about since its never going to have a victor, only both uniting to route out a faction leader gone bad.
  1. KainneAbsolute's Avatar
    Did Jaina forgot Shaw in Orgrimmar or did he hid fast after the teleport? hahahah

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