Warcraft, the upcoming film based on World Of Warcraft, has a new teaser. Created by George Lucas’ special effects studio, Industrial Light & Magic, the teaser is fully interactive. It’s a 360 degree video, which means you can move the view around in all directions as you soar on a gryphon’s back over the city of Azeroth. You can also use a VR headset, if you’re lucky enough to have one.
Released on Youtube and titled The Skies Of Azeroth, the video is basically Google Earth in a fantasy world, only it works a lot better. You’ll need to use Chrome to view the video in all its 360 degree goodness, or you can watch it on your phone and use your device’s motion sensors to look around.
The teaser was formerly exclusive to the Legendary Pictures’ mobile VR app. It’s a one-minute flyover of a portion of Stormwind City, which looks much larger and denser than it ever appears in the game. Legendary Pictures showed the trailer at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend, causing quite a stir among fans. As well as that, they also showed 6 minutes of film footage which still hasn’t been released to the public.
On top of the trailer, there was a ton of Warcraft paraphernalia at Comic-Con. There were two new posters revealed and props that were being used in the actual filming were on display.
Warcraft was actually first announced way back in 2006. The project is so vast that it’s taken 8 years just to start filming. Blizzard’s tight creative control over the film hasn’t helped, either. Now that the film is finally less than a year away, more and more material is being shown to the patient fans.
Blizzard released the first World Of Warcraft game, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, back in 1990. Since then, the series has become an icon of the online RPG genre and helped define the MMO world as we know it today.