Blizzard cancelled a game right before its 1998 E3 debut called Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans, a point and click adventure game portraying the origins of Thrall, hero of the Horde. The cancelled game was leaked this weekend, in its entirety.
A user that goes by Reidor on the Scrolls of Lore forums posted this leak containing a “full pre-released version with in game cinematics”. It is unknown weather Blizzard let it play out for a couple days or, more likely, they were unaware. However Blizzard has since had the file taken down.
Initial feedback from fans is positive, despite the games age. Reportedly the game feels “fully-formed”, but modern PC users may struggle to run Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans, without the proper compatibility settings. This is true about most games from that era.
Simply put Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans was a hand drawn, point and click adventure game with the goals of adding humor and humanity to the Orc faction in order to make them more relatable and sympathetic. Even though it never was released, this game helped form a lot of the lore and background for Warcraft III and even became a novel.
Several delays made Blizzard cancel the game just days before E3 of 1998, seeing it as inferior to LucasArts’ Escape from Monkey Island and the upcoming Grim Fandango. Many wonder to this day if it was the right call. Where could Blizzard be in this genera if they actually released Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans?
Today seeing World of Warcraft heroes depicted in this 90’s cartoonish style is a novelty, however Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans was pivotal in Warcraft lore and laid down many of the foundation stones for the MMO giant.