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StarCraft: Reclamation

During the premiere of the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void cinematic at the WCS Season 3 Premier League Finals in Kraków, Poland, Chris Sigaty, Lead Producer of StarCraft II, teased fans with the announcement of StarCraft Reclamation. Dropping later this month, Reclamation, a short animated feature in the strain of the Warlords of Draenor: Lords of War animated series, will tell the story of the Protoss leading up to the invasion of Aiur.

 

The Lords of War animated series debuted in the weeks leading up to the release of Word of Warcraft's fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor. Animated in a dark, raw, manga style not usually associated with Blizzard's games, the series served as an introduction to various characters featured in the impending game. Unusually, but welcomed, the series almost exclusively focused on the lore and backstory. Overall, the shorts proved to be a popular and effective way to expand the lore outside of the games.

In the past several years, Blizzard has been experimenting with different types of transmedia campaigns to add depth to their worlds. For example, leading up to the launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Blizzard published StarCraft: Project Blackstone, a lore focused event delivered via Twitter and a secret "classified" website. While the campaign was well coordinated and presented an unusual perspective in the StarCraft universe, until the project was declassified, it provided difficult to consume. In the current climate of visual media dominance, the shorts have provided another avenue for Blizzard to explore - both creatively and efficiently. Aside from the games themselves and various novels published over the years, there have been relatively few lore focused events or products. Hopefully, Reclamation will be successful and will confirm that the fan base is both ready and willing to support larger lore focused projects.

Based on the teaser trailer, it appears that Reclamation, will provide additional insight into pivotal moments in the Protoss' history, such as the Aeon of Strife, the coming of Adun, and the severing of the Dark Templar's nerve cords, or it will illustrate the great struggles of the past that now repeat themselves as Artanis tries to reunite the tribes in Legacy of the Void. Either way, the information presented will likely complement the final campaign's story.

Sources:
Twitch.tv - Legacy of the Void - Cinematic and Street-Date Reveal Event
Warlords of Draenor - Game Guide - Lords of War
Battle.net - Project Blackstone: Declassified
Battle.net - Project Blackstone

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