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Story of the Day 1/24/14 - WoW's New Models

Posted by MikeB Friday January 24 2014 at 5:46PM
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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!

Comaf writes: This game has sat on piles of cash for years now.  I really hope this is just the beginning of taking WoW to 2.0, since they have promised their new "Titan" project to not be anything related. Fri Jan 24 2014 6:09PM Report
Dreamo84 writes: It's a delicate balance updating the game and not hurting their players with low end systems. I know a lot of pics and videos I see people post are with shockingly low settings on, so there are still a lot of people playing on low settings. Fri Jan 24 2014 7:23PM Report
muffins89 writes: they also need to consider the effect this will have on long time players.  i know that im so accustomed to the movement of undead that when the change happens i might hate it.  Fri Jan 24 2014 9:59PM Report
logan400k writes: This is just an attempt to keep the cow alive so they can continue to milk it. That is not a bad thing, but I would not read anything groundbreaking or game changing in this. Updated character models, so? Content and game play would bring me back. Sat Jan 25 2014 9:55AM Report
Deathspank writes:

Really like the character re-make reveals so far. The Orcs and especially the Gnomes were really impressive. Alas i don't really have the time to play an MMO anymore. 

I am also a bit worried about how they implementing the pay to skip feature as the new datamined strings on MMOChamp show not only an option to play for a straight boost to 90 but also pay to boost your professions to max.

This kinda stuff slowly moves from pay to skip to pay to win.

Sun Jan 26 2014 8:08PM Report
Rohn writes:

I'm actually curious to see what my Forsaken will look like after the revamp.

Overall, I think this is a good thing for the game.

Mon Jan 27 2014 8:58PM Report writes:
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