Thanks to the release of Warcraft (2016) on DVD and Blu-ray we’re taking a look back at the lore of Warcraft the movie, its relationship to the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Legion, and over 20 years of awe-inspiring gaming history. Of which there's a lot! Like, over twenty years worth. Starting with Blizzard's first game in the franchise, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, debuting all the way back in 1994.
Which also dealt with the opening of a mysterious Dark Portal that ushered in the Orcish Horde.
In terms of when the film is set the events depicted occur about 25 years or so before the franchise’s most well-known creation, World of Warcraft. In many ways it mirrors the events of 1994’s Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, as that also dealt with the meeting of two races. The Orcs, who are fleeing the dying world of Draenor to find a new home in the land of Azeroth, and the humans who are targeted by the Orc Horde to power a mysterious Dark Portal. One that allows for passage between two worlds. For those that are unfamiliar with Warcraft this setup may seem a little out there. But the dying world of Draenor, the Fel, and the creation of a Dark Portal are all present in Warcraft’s well documented history.
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