The age of the whimsical panda is over…
Chris Metzen, Blizzard Senior Vice President, Story and Franchise Development
The Blizzard team showed some previews of the expansion, including zones, dungeons, raids, and garrisons along with the cinematic to a packed house down in LA, with Chris Metzen speaking about the making of the Warcraft franchise over the last 20 years and about old stories coming around again.
The cinematic focused on the orcs making a different choice, rejecting Gul’dan but seeking to be conquerors all the same, closing with the construction of the dark portal.
The cinematic was, as expected, all about root lore and reflected nothing about the actual game.
No word on when we will be getting Patch 6.0, the precursor to the expansion, but I would guess that we might see it by some point in mid-October. It will include pre-expansion events leading towards the big day.
Just three more months to wait.