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Art of World of Warcraft
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  • New character models retain the iconic features, but refine them as necessary. The models also have a more consistent style.
  • Undead have bones sticking out, but they don't look great. The new version refined it. (They unveiled the progress on the Undead Male model)
  • The team looked at the existing model and decided what they wanted to maintain and what needed to be exaggerated.
  • They went 956 to 5,408 polygons on the Gnomes. 130 to 196 bones. Texture resolution was 2 to 5x higher depending on the area of the body.
  • The old Dwarf male has 1,160 polygons and was mirrored on both sides. The new model is 7,821 polygons and has higher texture resolutions. The face doesn't have to be symmetrical anymore.
  • Dwarf female is underway and has a basic model.
  • Tauren male is also underway and has a basic model done.
  • Facial hair is animated using bones.
  • Capes are now animated using bones to flow more naturally.
  • Gnome female pigtails are now animated.
  • Concept art helps to determine the feel of the zone, while Zone maps help to determine what is taking place in each part of the zone.
  • Vertex shading is used to make things look much nicer without having to create even more new textures.
  • Lighting is also a big part of adding atmosphere to zones.
  • The Iron Horde make several different tanks, but not a unique mailbox.
  • When it rains, the NPC working on trade skills will go inside and get out of the rain.
  • There are 572 candle models in game, with 42 belonging to the Kobolds.
  • Worgen and Goblin won't be getting new models right away. The team will take a look at those models after all of the other ones are done.
  • The female Troll model is in process right now.
  • The website will show off the new models and provide release date guidance as progress is made on the remaining ones.
  • Ear and hair clipping is a little bit better with the new models.
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Comments 140 Comments
  1. Dragore's Avatar
    These are so beautiful.
  1. Berius's Avatar
    OMG the gnome female...
  1. kassy's Avatar
    god gnome females are even more adorable now <3
  1. Hunterpower's Avatar
    I think my new 90 is gonna be a gnome female
  1. Taurous's Avatar
    Too bad the stream is so choppy, I would have been able to see these animations.
  1. Klaxxar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ProfessorTjc View Post


    Am I only one that thought this?
    More like I jizzed in my pants.

    From this I think I am more interested, and I would like to see the updated Ogres and the other Horde races.

    From the undead he looks a little to fabulous.
  1. ChaosWolf's Avatar
    Gnome Twerk Team.
  1. Schaapa's Avatar
    Honestly, if anyone's gonna miss the old models after this revamp, all faith in humanity is lost forever.
  1. Renshu's Avatar
    Damn that Dwarf babe looks fiiiiiiine
  1. Bats's Avatar
    I absolutely hate the new undead face (and the tauren one, it's basically a dumb cow now) it looks like a frankenstein monster made out of Edward Cullen's mouth.
  1. Alenarien's Avatar
    Smaller breasts on Dwarf females. Such a bad move. Everything else is fine though.
  1. Notos's Avatar
    Amg I might have to seriously roll a gnome now, they are adorable!

    I can't wait till they work on Orc females; they're going to be bootylicious, I just know it.
  1. alexelf's Avatar
    no new models for blood elf & draenei???
  1. Kethryveris's Avatar
    I wonder if we are going to be given the chance to have all our toons makeovers when this goes live or if we'll have to pay for it / delete toons to change them.
  1. KillerChinchilla's Avatar
    I'm begging to see the Night Elf Models!!! I hope they have them to show!
  1. Sakashima's Avatar
    Sweet, no more paper capes!
  1. Ceirus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bats View Post
    I absolutely hate the new undead face (and the tauren one, it's basically a dumb cow now) it looks like a frankenstein monster made out of Edward Cullen's mouth.
    And what was the difference before?
  1. Sakashima's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by alexelf View Post
    no new models for blood elf & draenei???
    They're going to be done, but in all honesty they're probably the lowest priority on the list considering they're even better looking than the original races.
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bats View Post
    I absolutely hate the new undead face (and the tauren one, it's basically a dumb cow now) it looks like a frankenstein monster made out of Edward Cullen's mouth.
    This time the undead looks like an undead.
  1. Yuyn's Avatar


    (Personally, I overall like them so far. No anorexic ladies so far!

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