Blizzard updating character models
On a personal level, I'm very surprised at how poor a job Blizzard have done in translating the old models to the new.I'm not the only one who thinks that, and complaints have been loud and long on Blizzard's forums.In a new post of the official World of Warcraft site, Blizzard say it's working ""We don't have an exact ETA for when you'll see these in-game, but we're happy with the direction of this update with regards to the model and textures," the developer says."We're now focusing on model and texture variations, as well as rigging and animating.In a recent interview, game director Jeff Kaplan suggested that characters could be removed from the game if the roster reaches a certain size and the game needs balancing.However, in a follow up post on the game's forums, Kaplan said that the development team had no plans to retire any Heroes and that fans were making a mountain out of a molehill."We don’t have any plans to retire any heroes," Kaplan said.Of course with big change comes much screaming, as the wise old MMO makers used to say, and this was most certainly evident on Blizzard's blazing hot community forums shortly after the content update went live - and seems to be heating up even more today.
A sensible option for sure, and I will most certainly be one of the players using it.
I'm feeling a little full-circleish, seeing as I wrote the post confirming Blizzard's work on new character models at Blizz Con 2011.
For the release of its latest World of Warcraft expansion, Blizzard overhauled the game's character models to reflect the ever-changing visuals of its massive multiplayer online game.
The worgen, goblin, and pandaren models will not be updated at the time.
, but samples of the new male orc, dwarf, and gnome models are now available on the new expansion pack's site.According to Rob Pardo, the new models won't all be released at once, so it may be a while before we know what all of them will look like.