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Essentially, they did not want to slam the door on a large audience and they felt that a dark and stereotypical Warhammer world would be depressing, dreary and dark. Overcast skies would dominate, it would always be raining. Where is the escape in that?
Thus, they have the world they built, which is bright, vibrant and exaggerated. That doesn’t mean it isn’t Warhammer. The characters look like the figures – or “toy soldiers” as Barnett calls them – and despite the cartoon nature, there is gore and detail everywhere.
Banners and flags have real crests and symbols that actually mean something in the Warhammer world. Most textures are extremely high resolution and like the art of the IP itself, they have a lot of small details filled in. They insist that no flourish is there just for eye candy. It all means something.
In Warhammer’s fiction, the races are all distinct personalities. Mythic set out to ensure that their difference are reflected in the way they built missions for each group.
To illustrate, Paul Barnett made two examples. In the first, he made a simple quest where someone asks a character from each race: “Would you please get a pie for me from the old lady down the road kind sir?” In short, a FedEx quest. In every MMORPG, the player would simply get the pie. In Warhammer, they set out to make sure that each race can do it in a unique way. Here is how Paul’s chart had each race react:
What is more, according to Robertson and Bales, when a player of a different race travels to visit one of his allies, the NPCs will be aware of this. While there are no restrictions on content players can access when they travel abroad, it does become a great source of humor.
Fans of Warhammer have been asking why did they not include the Skaven?
They wanted the races most iconic of the Warhammer brand, and according to Robertson, the selection they offer is just that, He does, however, admit that the Skaven are also very iconic.
“Skaven will be in the game in some form,” he added, while also noting that it leaves them room for expansion.
Each of the six races has a male and female option, save the greenskins. Warhammer lore says orcs came from mushrooms. Thus, a new orc wanders out of a cave and into the world. To balance them, they’ve included the smaller goblins. At the time of the demo, orcs, goblins and dwarf males were the only races on display.
The trailer, though, revealed that the dark elf females will fill the sex-appeal role and chaos can only be described as evil incarnate. Generally, the looks of each race have honored the original license.