When a game franchise continues long enough to spawn many sequels and/or off-shoots, its origin can sometimes be lost in the fog. World of Warcraft and Fallout are two such franchises, and each happens to have the newest game in its respective series coming out soon. Future purchasers of the multi-platform Fallout 3, or of the PC's World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, may have the desire to know the history behind these two huge games. Anyone with this desire needs only to visit GameTrailers.com's retrospective page, where the website will be uploading a complete video retrospective for each series.
The first video in the four-part Warcraft retrospective is up now, and a new part will be uploaded on a weekly basis. The Warcraft series began in 1994 with Blizzard's Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, a real-time strategy game for the PC. This RTS and its sequels eventually led to the development of World of Warcraft, the most successful MMORPG of all time.
The Fallout retrospective premiers later today, and consists of just one part which will cover how the series has evolved from Black Isle Studios' Fallout, released in 1997 and considered one of the top RPGs in existence, to next week's very different looking Fallout 3, which was developed by Bethesda. The original Fallout was played in an isometric perspective and had a turn-based combat system, while Fallout 3 will be played in a third or first-person view and will have a real-time combat system with turn-based elements.
These retrospectives should enlighten players about the deep storylines involved in each of the two game series, and about the development histories which led to their creation. Fallout 3 will be released on October 28, 2008, and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is planned to release on November 13, 2008.