In the last two years, gamers have become all too familiar with delays and missed deadlines. Last fall, it felt like the majority of AAA releases were pushed to 2015 and some of those games have still yet to arrive (Batman: Arkham Knight, for example). One of the studios that has a pretty great track record of not revealing a release date until it is sure it can meet it is Blizzard. Unfortunately, that isn't the case for the movie studio handling the Warcraft film.
Blizzard is notorious for keeping projects under wraps until they're well into development, which drives some fans crazy with anticipation, but also makes it much easier to stay on schedule. The company definitely isn't delay-proof, but the vast majority of its releases land on schedule, as we expect the official release of Heroes of the Storm to do this summer.
Although the Duncan Jones movie based on the Warcraft and World of Warcraft franchise was aiming for a March 11, 2016 release, Legendary Pictures revealed via Twitter that the movie has been pushed back three months for a summer release.
It's important to keep in mind that rarely is a movie getting pushed from spring to summer a bad thing. Summer movies are up against the most competition from other studio blockbusters and giving Warcraft a June 10 release date demonstrates a lot of faith in the project. The movie is being directed by Duncan Jones who may have a short filmography (most notably Moon and Source Code), but has definitely proven himself as a top-notch sci-fi director.
Principal photography wrapped in May 2014, so the film has been in post production for nearly a year now. The original release date was set for December of this year, but Blizzard and the studio decided that they were not up for a showdown with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Although we've yet to see a full trailer for the movie yet, BlizzCon 2014 attendees did get a few sneak peeks last fall. With the movie set to arrive next summer, it seems like a safe bet that BlizzCon 2015 would be the latest we'd see the first publicly available trailer.
Warcraft will tell the story of Azeroth from both sides of the epic war. We know the full cast and which characters will be featured, so fans of Blizzard lore (especially the classic Warcraft games) are definitely in for a treat. A large part of the film's success will hinge on selling the CG Orcs as believable and relatable characters. Some of the Horde characters will be villains of course, but (unlike in The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings) audiences need to relate with and sympathize for the Horde in Warcraft.
Do you think the Warcraft movie delay is a good thing or a bad thing? Do you have high hopes for the film? Let us know in the comments.
Warcraft will release in North America on June 10, 2016.