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Full Screen Rant Interview with Lead Narrative Designer Steve Danuser

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Screen Rant released the full version of their interview with Lead Narrative Designer Steve Danuser after yesterday's short teaser.

Interview Highlights

  • Shadowlands introduces many deep concepts that provide players with nuanced themes to ponder.
  • The Afterlives animated shorts are an opportunity to introduce those concepts through notable characters from Azeroth's history.
  • They opened with the iconic death of Uther the Lightbringer from Bastion. Through Draka's ceaseless struggle, we see how the armies of Maldraxxus had been plunged into strife and division. Ardenweald tells a story of hard choices and painful sacrifice, and Revendreth shows how greed and avarice have twisted a once-noble society into a realm of selfishness and greed.
  • Every frame is lovingly crafted in painstaking detail and nothing is there by accident.
  • Players have already spotted a number of elements that hint at larger storylines or concepts.
  • there are other details in the Afterlives series that will take on greater meaning when players can play through the full Shadowlands story.
  • The themes introduced in Shadowlands should inspire conversation and debate. 
  • The ecosystem of death functioned seemingly without incident for countless eons before it stopped working and the anima drought created a scarcity of resources. This rapid unraveling raises the question of how healthy that system was, to begin with.
  • Visually, they deliberately played with perceptions and assumptions. For example, the gleaming spires of Bastion hide a growing darkness within the ranks of Kyrian.
  • Nothing is exactly what it appears to be at first glance in the Shadowlands and you must always look deeper to understand things.
  • They intend to tell a focused story with a satisfying conclusion in the Shadowlands. One of the most exciting aspects is the opportunity to not just explore established lore, but to build upon it and take it into tantalizing new directions.
    • Steve possibly means that us visiting Shadowlands will directly impact the future of Azeroth and it gives them an opportunity to come up with concepts for future expansions.
  • We will unravel the mysteries of the First Ones and learn more about their history.
 

Head over to Screen Rant for the full interview.

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Thanks a lot for the highlights! Made me a lot more interested into reading the whole thing and it was totally worth it!

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