There’s a new trailer out for the Warcraft movie—which is apparently called Warcraft: The Beginning internationally—and you’ll probably learn more about it by reading the description than by actually watching the video. “Dark forces are upon us,” “Our world is on the edge of war,” people shouting war cries, people getting hit by heavy things, and melodramatic cartoon orcs talking ethics. It’s that sort of trailer. It’s cool, but if you actually have any interest in the premise of the movie, you’ll want to look to the description.

The orc world is dying; the human world isn’t. A portal opens up between the two, the orcs see an opportunity to not all die, and somebody better call Donald Trump because we’ve got an immigration crisis on our hands. And, of course, there are a couple of main characters from either side on which the film is anchored. The Warcraft movie hits theaters on June 10th in America, but judging by this trailer, Warcraft: The Beginning will be “In cinemas May 30” everywhere else.

Look above for the one-minute Warcraft movie trailer, and here’s the plot description:

“The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

“So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.”

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Barry Herbers
I write editorials here at Gamnesia and occasionally some news (though far less often than I used to). Here's some of my work, long-form game essays, if you have any interest in that sort of stuff: The Amount of Content in a Game Has Nothing to do with its Price A Game's Atmosphere is Defined by its Mechanics, Not its Aesthetic The Witcher 3's Introduction is Terribly Paced and Too Restrictive of its Players I'm looking forward to The Last Guardian (had it pre-ordered since 2010), Rime, Night in the Woods, and Vane. If I had a niche, it would probably be the somewhat higher fidelity indie games, as take up most of the spots on that list. I'm also developing a no-budget video game with a friend, and you can follow me on Twitter (@TheVioletBarry) to hear about that and anything else I feel like saying. Film, games, it's that sort of stuff.


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