It seems crazy that the promotion of summer movies has begun to happen but here we are. While the Warcraft name is something that video game players are very familiar with, even if they don’t actually play the games, it doesn’t have quite the name recognition outside game culture. This means that the new film based on the game series will need to familiarize movie fans with what the movie is all about, and there’s no better way to promote your summer movie then with nonstop action. Check it out below.
While the new ad spot doesn’t show us a great deal new about the movie plot itself, we do get some slightly different shots from a number of different action sequences. The official trailer focused on the film’s drama surrounding the races of human and orc trying to co-exist together. This new TV ad instead gives you that basic information in text, and focuses much more on the action of Warcraft. We are shown a bit more of the massive ground battle between the human and orc armies that we’ve been teased with in the trailer, including seeing Paula Patton, as the half-orc character Garona, going toe-to-toe with a full orc in combat. She looks more than a little outmatched.

First announced over two years ago, the Warcraft movie is based in the world of Azeroth, as it was created in a series of real-time strategy games, which in turn spawned an incredibly popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft. While currently only planned as a single film, director Duncan Jones has made no secret that a success here will lead to an expansion of Warcraft into additional movies. The scale of the movie is likely so large that Universal isn’t quite ready to commit to a major franchise until the concept has been proven successful. Movies based on video games have not been universally embraced by Hollywood the way that comic books have, though with films like Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed coming this year, it’s possible this could be the year that things change.

While the action in this film looks to be top notch, we’ve heard that Duncan Jones was very conscious of making sure that the story did not get lost in the effects-heavy film. While we can expect to see plenty of orcs smashing things, that won’t be all audiences see.

How excited are you for the Warcraft film? Is there potential for this to be the movie to beat in 2016 or is it more likely that this will be another swing and miss for video games on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts below.

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