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World of Warcraft Forum » General Discussion » Will WoW ever get a graphics overhaul?

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  dimnikar

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Joined: 11/06/12
Posts: 277

1/03/13 7:38:36 AM#21

The "better looking" MMOs all aged HORRIBLY.

 

Look at Warhammer now (ugh... just ugh), AoC, even Rift is showing it's age.

 

"Realistic" graphics only mean they'll look awful sooner. That's it.

 

Besides, none of those had anywhere near as fluid movement/animation as WoW had even at launch. They were all clunky messes in hi rez (for the time - now they all just look SAD).

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  Imperator101

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Joined: 7/24/12
Posts: 134

 
OP  1/06/13 10:46:34 AM#22
Originally posted by dimnikar

The "better looking" MMOs all aged HORRIBLY.

 

Look at Warhammer now (ugh... just ugh), AoC, even Rift is showing it's age.

 

"Realistic" graphics only mean they'll look awful sooner. That's it.

 

Besides, none of those had anywhere near as fluid movement/animation as WoW had even at launch. They were all clunky messes in hi rez (for the time - now they all just look SAD).

You think WoW fluid movement? Well when I watch pvp it looks like the guy constantly moves from side to side swinging their sword and running at the same time when watching a Warrior, doesn't look so great. 

 

  InFlamestwo

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Joined: 5/20/11
Posts: 677

1/06/13 10:52:35 AM#23

Characters in WoW are ugly and there's not much variation. All humans look like they are 50 years old, except female human look like they're 30+. More variation in age,body type and hair styles, ears, lips..

  InFlamestwo

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1/06/13 10:57:28 AM#24
Originally posted by dimnikar

The "better looking" MMOs all aged HORRIBLY.

 

Look at Warhammer now (ugh... just ugh), AoC, even Rift is showing it's age.

 

"Realistic" graphics only mean they'll look awful sooner. That's it.

 

Besides, none of those had anywhere near as fluid movement/animation as WoW had even at launch. They were all clunky messes in hi rez (for the time - now they all just look SAD).

Those games don't make as much profit as Blizzard does with WoW. Blizzard could have upgraded WoW a few years ago with new action combat, dynamic content etc, but instead they keep the same old shit and don't give a fuck about what players want.

  User Deleted
1/06/13 11:06:26 AM#25

Lets look at this logically... WoW exists out of nostalgia, that's it. 

If, WoW 1.0 were to be released today, EVEN WITH the latest graphics engine et al, it would last about as long as any new title being released today.  There's absolutely nothing in WoW that isn't in all the other games... the difference is people don't have as much investment in the other games... not by a long shot.  We're talking 8 years of WoW versus maybe 1 year of game X.  It makes sense that when people are bored, they'd spend their time dinking around in what they've played for years as opposed to the new guy.  

Let's be honest here... they're basically dinking around... not really "playing" the game at all.  People will dink around until expansion X or Y is released just as they have done since WoW 1.0.  WoW doesn't need a graphics overhaul because players aren't playing the game because it is new, but rather because it is old, predictable, comfortable, and requires minimal effort on their part.  It's like that old worn teddy bear you dragged around the house for years as a little kid.  You didn't want a new teddy bear, they old familiar one is all you really ever cared about.

  maddog15a

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Joined: 5/09/07
Posts: 80

1/06/13 11:21:13 AM#26

Well blizzard has talked about redoning the textures for awhile now but I think they're worried about chaseing away lower preformance users.

The Pandaren seem to be a trial run of the new textures.

  Phry

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Joined: 7/01/04
Posts: 5078

1/06/13 11:45:58 AM#27
Originally posted by pmiles

Lets look at this logically... WoW exists out of nostalgia, that's it. 

If, WoW 1.0 were to be released today, EVEN WITH the latest graphics engine et al, it would last about as long as any new title being released today.  There's absolutely nothing in WoW that isn't in all the other games... the difference is people don't have as much investment in the other games... not by a long shot.  We're talking 8 years of WoW versus maybe 1 year of game X.  It makes sense that when people are bored, they'd spend their time dinking around in what they've played for years as opposed to the new guy.  

Let's be honest here... they're basically dinking around... not really "playing" the game at all.  People will dink around until expansion X or Y is released just as they have done since WoW 1.0.  WoW doesn't need a graphics overhaul because players aren't playing the game because it is new, but rather because it is old, predictable, comfortable, and requires minimal effort on their part.  It's like that old worn teddy bear you dragged around the house for years as a little kid.  You didn't want a new teddy bear, they old familiar one is all you really ever cared about.

You can't be serious, people don't play WoW because of nostalgia, they play it because at the moment, its still the best game for them, and when you look at the games that have released in the last few years, is it any wonder. Until there is some real competition i don't think thats going to change, but we surely need some better games by now, GW2 obviously wasnt it, nor was SW;TOR. The only way your going to get people to move on from WoW, is to give them something better, and at the moment, it just isnt happening.

  tawess

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Joined: 3/24/05
Posts: 1899

1/06/13 11:48:49 AM#28
Originally posted by Imperator101
Blizzard plans on making 3-4 more expansions. They will all be released in 2014-2018 I assume. The graphics are starting to show their age though, they really need to update them. I hope with the next expansion, the character creation system and graphics will be re-done. Do you people think its likely? I think they have no choice, they have to since they wanna keep releasing more expansions while competing with other MMO's that will have better graphics.

First of go and dig up some old images from then the game was releaaesd.. Then compare them with the MoP sutff. Massive graphical improvements. Textures and light have especially seen a lot of work

 

But if you are asking for a update of the ARTSTYLE then no... That will not happen. Things will always look cartoony and oversized and that is a good thing as nothing age quicker then "realistic" art.

 

And they are working on updating the old player models.. But as someone explained it it is a big task both to get the look right (as a big group of people like their character as it is.. weird i know) and updating some really old animations. All of this without breaking armor models and weapon models. It is comming but there is no date as for when.

This have been a good conversation

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