We are just about three weeks away from the release of the long anticipated Warcraft movie… I mean, I was making silly guesses at possible actors more than six years ago.
It can take a long time for things to go from an idea in progress to an actual production in Hollywood. But the day is finally coming. June 10, 2016 is the big day.
And, I must admit, I’m not all that excited.
I will still go see Warcraft. And, of course, Blizzard is happy to remind me it is coming. They sent me a note about it.
It remains to be seen if this will be such a blockbuster that one would need to reserve tickets. The trailer left me a little flat. But that might just be my proximity to the franchise. And Blizz is also putting some incentives out there. If you go to the right theater chain… which isn’t local to me… you could win tickets to BlizzCon.
But if there is a Regal cinema near you, watch the promo to see what you have to do in order to win.
Meanwhile, Blizz is also using the launch of the movie to get more people playing World of Warcraft. The link between the movie and the game is obvious to us, but perhaps not so to everybody. So when you go see the movie you will also get a code for a digital copy of the game which includes 30 days of play time… if you go to the right theater chain. Blizz has a post up about which chains will get you into Azeroth.
Here in the US the freebie is limited to United Artists Theaters, Edwards Theaters, and the aforementioned Regal Cinemas. No break for those of us in a sea of CineMark, and AMC outlets, not to mention the local independents.
Blizzard even sweetened the deal for those getting a free digital copy by including Warlords of Draenor as part of the base package, an unprecedented move. Generally the next expansion has to ship before previous content gets included in the base game. Of course, that also means you have to call support if you have a copy of Warlords of Draenor you haven’t activated yet, otherwise you won’t get your free level 90 boost.
And for those of us who already have the game, who bought Warlords of Draenor, and who aren’t in range of any of the participating theaters in any case… well… we get some nice transmog items if we log in between May 25 and August 1, 2016.
It isn’t clear if you have to be subscribed or can log in your level 20 or under characters to collect. I suspect that a subscription will be necessary, but I will likely subscribe by August in any case to get in on the build up to WoW Legion.
So the movie is coming. Will you be going to see it? Time for a poll I think!
[There is a multiple choice poll above this line, which gets blocked in some browsers.]