You’re forgetting, that of about 300 pages book, you can cross out at least 200, because it only describes feelings and movements, without contributing to the actual story.
as how to implement it - quests, duh? How many pages do you think the ICC storychain could have filled? That could easily have been a book by itself.
You do realise, that technology actually has the opportunity, to make you more immersed in the lore, yes?
It is not just “animations”, it’s voice acting and you actively taking part in shaping the lore. The reason why you might think, that books are better, is probably because you have not played a game other than WoW in many years and WoW does a terrible job at story telling and immersion, partly also because things like especially the mouth animations are just so very much way over the top and also, how quests texts are presented to us.
Storyline is an addon that enhances that experience massively already, dont even want to imagine how much better it could be, if blizz themselves would invest some bloody resources into something like that.
Take a look at ESO for example, much better immersion and story telling. FFXIV is just superb at it aswell.
They can utilize scenarios way more for the story and that would enhance it massively aswell. That last part of the Jaina questchain where you pull her out of that other world? That was the only part of the story, that cought my interest, but it did that firmly.
The last part of the questchain where you saved thrall back in cata? Horry crab, that is staying in my memory and the overall questchain could easily have filled an entire book worth , if combined with events that happened juuuuust after the Shattering book.
But back to this specific example. Can you really not imagine how cool it would have been INGAME to be on this quest to gather all the incredience needed for the potion magni drank? Grab all the stuff, go there and attend in a cinematic as he drank it and then watch how he turned, screaming his lungs out until they became immovable diamond? Can you really not imagine that scene?
Instead of getting cinematics ala “Oi, our big spaceship just shot a hole into the wall of antorus, HYPUUUUU”
Or if there is a scene that only one of the stories main characters is doing on their own - we have enough quests already, where we take over another persons body, why can’t thjat be the case with story quests either?
And you know what would be even another advantage of having, especially the in-between expansion stories, this in the game? It would counter-act the content draughts we have towards the end of every expansion!
And your argument, that we cant have both is flawed.
Warcraft 3 was out before the rise of the lich king book,
so we already knew the majority of what the book was about
didn’t keep me from enjoying it.
I actually thought i remembered that too, but i couldn’t find any reference on wowhead or youtube, soooooo i kinda believe, that i am confusing that with something else. The only thing that i found was, that we were sent to check on him after he already turned