Blizzard makes a smart choice, delays Warcraft movie to 2016

December to March can make a big difference.

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Back at Blizzcon, Blizzard announced that the movie based on their Warcraft IP would be coming out on December 18, 2015. As an Internet savvy reader of pop culture news, you may have recognized this as an incredibly terrible idea, because that's the same date slated for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Fortunately, Blizzard has come to its senses and realized that going up against one of the biggest properties in nerd culture on the eve of its rebirth would be a bad idea. The new date for the Warcraft film, according to the official World of Warcraft Twitter, is March 11, 2016.

We learned more details about the movie's Orcs vs. Humans plot at Blizzcon earlier this year, and we also talked to Blizzard about their goals for the film. But at least fans will have the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, to tide them over.

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Steveb106

Well, it can't be any worse than "In The Name of the King", or "Dungeons & Dragons", or "Double Dragon", or "Final Fantasy: Spirits Within", or well.....you get the point.

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Grenadeh

<< LINK REMOVED >> It can. It can be Mario.

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Mr_BillGates

A movie dedicated to PC geeks. First screening at movie theater will be a funny sight, indeed.

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ganondorf77

<< LINK REMOVED >> A movie dedicated to fantasy geeks.

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Fanible

They made the release date before Star Wars did. This article makes it out as if Legendary Pictures originally announced the release date to foolishly coincide with Star Wars. It was actually the other way around. After I'm sure they shook their fists in anger at the heavens, they realized like most of us that they had no choice but to moves it to another date at that point. Disney can release Star Wars whenever they want, and all other studios will steer clear.

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Tripwolf

The title makes me laugh.

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Warriors30

Yay! A Warcraft movie! I'm so not excited!^^

Well...to each their own.

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Vexov

Work on Heroes of the storm coming out faster.

Everyone pray it doesn't microtransaction for: modes, skins, titles, skill page resets, making a team, a season pass to play in ranking, expansion(maps), patches, bug fixes, just to log in.

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demondogx

<< LINK REMOVED >> So they arent supposed to make any money from it at all ? that makes no sence, just hope they only microtransaction on skins, as i find f2p games acceptable as long as you dont pay2win
Unless there is an initial price on the game ? not sure if they announced anything in that direction.

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Steveb106

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Like Blizzard hasn't made billions off of WoW. But I think the point he was trying to make is to not micro-trans it to death, like what a lot of "f2p" games are doing.

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Link3301

They were going to release on the same day as Episode VII, of course they needed to delay it.

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Jibroni

Holy Shit! Its not even 2014 yet. :( Ill camp out infront of the theatres in 2015 then.

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Techn1c4l

Is it me or anything except Call of Duty gets delayed?

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Vexov

<< LINK REMOVED >> Thats because CoD just gets repainted.

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eelektrik

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If even that much, sometimes they just add a hood ornament and sell it as brand new.

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fredyellowone

Delay that movie to TBNA


"to be never announced"

I would be more happy.

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troll_eat_troll

<< LINK REMOVED >> but it's already announced. Lol. btw, is it really that hard to just not watch it if you don't like it? the world does not revolve around just you, you know.

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Grenadeh

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No. It must be struck down with fire as well.

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TheOmegaForce70

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> There's no announcement trailer yet so... I don't think you could call it already announced.

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Fanible

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's been announced.... what does a trailer have to do with it?

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E13MENTER

soon

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summersgod

Is a good choice, 2015 is well overstocked with blockbuster films, there is gonna be some box office bombs. Fifty Shades of Grey, Avengers 2, Mad Max, Jurassic World, Fantastic Four, Ted 2, Terminator, Batman v Superman, Ant Man, Bond 24, hunger Games, Star Wars, Mission Impossible, all out in 2015.

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GH05T-666

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Is Jurassic World a new Jurassic park movie?


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Grenadeh

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Unfortunately.

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fredyellowone

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yes. But Sam neil won't be in. That's why I will start riots.

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fredyellowone

<< LINK REMOVED >> I actually liked those two movies.

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Grenadeh

@fredyellowone @GH05T-666 @summersgod Why would you want him to be in it? It was bad enough he was in Jurassic Park 3. Literally all the second and third movies were, was Hollywood squeezing two more movies by adding in material Crichton omitted from the original book to screenplay transition because it was too much for a Hollywood movie.

They slapped a REALLY bad story premise on top of that, changed major details where there were any details, and threw it on the big screen.

I hope Jurassic Park 4 makes less than 10 million dollars, and the franchise can rest in peace. They have raped something that should never have gone past the second movie - which already had absolutely nothing to do with the book.

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angelofbeast198

<< LINK REMOVED >> ok buddy box office bomb?ant man?bond 24?hunger games?mission possible?does aint no box office now avenger 2 star wars does are box office the rest are just aah i got nothing to do today i tho i just go seen this movies or wait for free download

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Grenadeh

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I think I should kill myself because I actually understood this excuse for English.

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_Silent_Jay_

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No, what he's saying is that there are so many blockbuster movies that they'll be overcompeting for box office money, and a lot of otherwise good/big movies will fail because there just isn't enough time or money to go around for audiences to see them all.

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dominoodle

Why delay it so long? Why not release it later in the month? Or January? It's not like people can only see one movie every 4 months.

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_Silent_Jay_

<< LINK REMOVED >> January is when they release movies that they don't expect to do well. March is the beginning of blockbuster season.

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Grenadeh

<< LINK REMOVED >> Nyeaaaah!

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MateykoSlam

<< LINK REMOVED >> he is in the movie, he plays grom

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HaloinventedFPS

That sucks, i love seeing movies in December, it being the holidays & all

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vault-boy

<< LINK REMOVED >> Why not Star Wars lol. Everybody and their dog are gonna be seeing that movie.

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frylock1987

The smarter thing to do would be to cancel this future sack of shit film.

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angelofbeast198

<< LINK REMOVED >> hey the vamp movie with whit that withe bad actress did not need 5 movies but they still did it so why not this piss of shit

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Grenadeh

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Underworld or whatever that dumb shit was? Just like Resident Evil, raped and ruined and 6 movies.

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justin01
<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yea, the first and second were cool, and then it just became stupid. That girl left the wolfman to bang the director, and everyone was all like damn she got cold blood like her vampire self. At least with this warcraft movie, we already know how many people have played this game over the years, that's a lot of potential money right there. I haven't played the game in forever, and I will probably go see it. Unless it looks like that goofy ass dungeons and dragons movie with jason statham. That movie was so terrible haha!
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lorider25

<< LINK REMOVED >> LMAO! You Win!

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angelofbeast198

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i think was illegal to do so,so dont thing he was worth going to jail for


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waffleiron88

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> burn lol

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T-Bo-_-

LOL


"Fortunately, Blizzard has come to its senses and realized that going up against one of the biggest properties in nerd culture on the eve of its rebirth would be a bad idea."

That's the best sentence I've ever read that Gamespot has displayed.

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Hurvl

<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, it's uncharacteristically opinionated, like an actual individual with a personality wrote it. Not that gaming journalism is in dire need of that, I like Gamespot for its just-the-news-and-nothing-more style, but I also like Rock, paper, shotgun for the opposite.

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MateykoSlam

lol who wrote this article

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allever

Game should never have been turned to a movie. The majority of them are a flop. Though, I can see the greedy hands at work here doing what they do best: milk their IP dry.