Almost immediately after the short commercial for Cataclysm aired during the Dallas/Minnesota game yesterday, Blizzard has released the full cinematic intro for Cataclysm and it’s awesome. It’s more along the lines of the story-driven cinematic we saw with Wrath of the Lich King as opposed to the montages from the original game and Burning Crusade. However unlike the Lich King intro, this one doesn’t really rely on knowledge of Warcraft III to get what’s going on.
In it you see Deathwing being equipped with armor while earthquakes affect Azeroth above. You see the ground break apart in the Barrens, Booty Bay about to be wiped out by a massive tidal wave, Orgrimmar hit by quakes that cause the zeppelins to crash and burn, and Thousand Needles is flooded. When Deathwing emerges more destruction is seen as Auberdine is wiped out, the Loch Modan dam is crumbled, and Deathwing then perches on top of Stormwind.