It’s been a decade since World of Warcraft players stormed Icecrown Citadel to take down the Lich King Arthas Menethil once and for all. Blizzard’s ending cinematic to the Wrath of the Lich King expansion is a powerful piece, but it’s showing its age. Nothing new models, textures, lighting effects, and some very dedicated fans couldn’t solve.
Blizzard did the best it could with the tools it had back in 2009, but the primitive character models with their unmoving hair and fixed expressions could only capture so much of the emotional passing of Arthas and the passing of the crown to the new Lich King. World of Warcraft 3D animator Pivitol and animator MasterVertex, with some fluid simulation help from 3D artist Dedrich, rebuilt, remodeled, retextured, and just plain revitalized the original cutscene.Here is still from the original cinematic. And here is that same shot from the fan remaster.