Warlords of Draenor, the next expansion to World of Warcraft, will bring with it updated character models (among other things). Blizzard has been feeding fans a peek of what the new models will look like over the last few months, with the human female as the latest reveal.
I'm not actually a World of Warcraft fan, but I have to say, I've been intrigued by these reveals. I was never a fan of the original character models (aside from the Blood Elves), but honestly, the stuff Blizzard has shown so far looks pretty good. It's always a tricky thing, doing something like this. WoW is a pretty old game at this point and this sort of change could either be one of the most welcome or most disruptive of changes they've ever made. On the one hand, the game desperately needs it. On the other, you risk players logging into characters they've had possibly since launch and being unable to recognize them, making this an extremely delicate issue.
From what I can tell, most fans have been receptive to the new models, and I think Blizzard has done an excellent job of walking the line and creating new models that give WoW a sort of 'HD remake' look while keeping the overall soul of the characters intact. As someone huge on customization, I would be pretty invested in what my character looked like and understandably nervous about these 'upgrades' as a result. But given the examples we've seen so far, I don't think many, (or perhaps any?) players will be logging into characters they don't recognize.
I also feel that this seemingly simple feature will likely be one of the biggest draws in getting former subscribers to login and check the game out once the expansion hits. The curiosity of finding out what your character looks like with a new coat of paint will probably be enough to pique players' interests and this could go a long way towards recapturing some momentum if the rest of the expansion is compelling enough.
What do you think of the new character model reveals we've seen so far? Excited? Nervous? Don't care? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!