Close up screenshot of Thrall from World of Warcraft's newest cinematic Safe Haven

The current Horde storyline in World of Warcraft is in quite a predicament. On one hand there's a large amount of people who absolutely hate Sylvanas and the shift towards the Horde being the objectively evil faction, while on the other hand you have a sizable chunk of people who hate how the entire storyline right now seems to be centered around undermining everything Sylvanas does. It really is a bit of a mess.

While the solution to this problem doesn't appear to be coming anytime soon, I am happy to say that the story is getting a bit more interesting, as you'll see in the recently posted Safe Haven cinematic. Have a gander, it's quite a lovely one:

As always, Blizzard's animators are beyond impressive and this cinematic is just another one in a long line of great-looking animations. However, was there really a point to having this particular bit of narrative animated? It's basically just two characters having a nice chat. That could've been done quite easily through an in-game cinematic, ideally with the player character participating as well.

If you ask me, this cinematic should've been about some of the other pressing issues occurring with either the Horde or Alliance. After all, the Night Elves have essentially lost everything now, and even in their moment of vengeance they still managed to fail miserably. A cinematic about them could've gone a long way towards explaining just what is happening with their culture and leadership now that their ancient homeland is nothing more than a smoldering ruin.

My little musings aside, it's also worth mentioning that Blizzard has now announced that World of Warcraft: Classic will be coming on August 27th, while the closed beta has already begun. So if you're curious about what exactly Classic has to offer, make sure to sign up as soon as possible. Good luck with your beta key!