I assume you might have noticed by now, but if you haven’t then let me point it out to you – it’s bloody summertime and as a result of that, nothing moves, everyone is on vacation (except for those few unfortunate chaps who aren’t) and not many things are happening because … reasons! Among those fellas who are still working during the scorching days of midsummer are off course the guys and girls from Blizzard who, not only managed to launch that first wing of Naxxramas on Hearthstone (that by the way totally sucks and is far too easy on simple mode, even on freakin’ heroic if you have the right strategy – except for Faerlina, to beat her you need an unbetable legendary deck or a shitload of luck on an average deck), but are also working on redesigning the characters that actually made them famous and earned them their fortune and corporation status, those characters are off course the characters of Warcraft.
Now there was a lot of talk on how will these be redesigned and how will the game change if they will modify the characters that were basically created back in 2003 when the game was first launched to be more like their little fluffy friends from latter expansions (the Worgen, Goblins and Pandarens) who are much more fitting to be part of a next-gen game that wants to stay on top in the field of paid to play MMORPG’s. I was quite surprissed to see that they sort of nailed it with the first models that they released (of which I spoke about in an earlier post, which you can find around the blog if you look carefully) and then I got immediately disappointed once they showed us the new draenei models (the alpha ones) that totally sucked. Luckily they changed those as well in the meantime and now they look a little smoother and better as well. So let me share with you some of my pics of the progress that they made so far with updating their models.
Bottoms Up (Moments after the opening cinematic)
The first one we’ll take a look at is the human model and to be honest ever since the cinematic for Mists of Pandaria (yeah and speaking of cineamtics that bar scene with the orc and human from above is totally hilarious, really nicely done) came out there was a lot of argue on how will the updated model for humans look like and it would seem that those who “took a shot in the dark” and said it will be a cross between that animated model and the king Varian mold got it right cause this is what we’ll get:
New Human Male Model
The second model is that of the new night elves and to tell you the truth I was really curious on how will they change this one because you know … Before there were blood elves, we had the night elves and those ladies were pretty much the tall supermodels of Azeroth and their quote “Oh! I’m dancing again, I hope all your friends are enjoying the show” is most certainly quite explanatory in that sense. After reviewing a little the info the artists posted on the changes made to them I must admit that they did quite a nice job with the Huntress of Teldrassil as well:
New Night Elf Female Model
And as I was saying after having seen the first ideas on the draenei female model I was a little annoyed by the extra hair and the odd features that actually made the old model look much more attractive, however after seeing the final model figures I was more than pleased with the finite product. The same can be said for the male model of draenei that’s almost perfect, I would only have a thing or two to complain on the bloody tentacle beards that could still use some smoothening, but hell, they should do the trick, here see for yourselves:
New Draenei Female Model
New Draenei Male Model
And that would be quite it with these models for now. I can honestly say that I am looking forward the updated female blood elf model, because of the same reasons I was quite excited to see how well the night elf ladies turned out to be, but in rest I believe that things went pretty well with almost everything. So to say the artists did quite an impressive job on updating all these well known characters and I have to admit that the whole concept of Artcraft does seem to take root within the Blizz community and plenty of great ideas become part of the finite game that all of us will enjoy.
Before I end my small article also allow me to point out the fact that the fellas from Zygor have been working on updating their guides with plenty of contributors from the beta testing on Warlords and have announced that their complete leveling guide from 90 to 100 covering all the features of old Draenor should be available as soon as the expansion will be launched this fall. All the same the boys from Dynasty have also stated in several posts that they too are working on enhancing and improving their addons, especially the leveling, keybinding and rotation one since their gold guide (Tycoon Gold Addon) needs little tweaking in its almost flawless present condition, but still that too will get some minor updates once the expansion comes out. But about all these and more updates made to guides and addons for WoW we’ll talk soon enough in a separate post. Till next time then, y’all take good care and keep your game up!