MMO-Champion - Art of World of Warcraft
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.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Art of World of Warcraft started by chaud View original post
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  1. ChaosWolf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alenarien View Post
    Smaller breasts on Dwarf females. Such a bad move. Everything else is fine though.
    Not smaller, just better-covering bra. Better still have awesome bounce, though.
  1. Lothaeryn's Avatar


    The polgyons... THE POLYGONS!!!! GAHHHH!

    They look amazing so far, I can't wait to see Night Elf/Humans when they are done!

    EDIT: Also, how do I thumbnail?
  1. Akaena's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Yuyn View Post


    (Personally, I overall like them so far. No anorexic ladies so far!
    Haha! took the words out of my mouth.
  1. Malbabo's Avatar
    "Gnome female pigtails are now animated."

    Best feature in the next xpac!!!
  1. Arcnail's Avatar
    I think the new models really do look fantastic. They've kept the feel of the old ones, yet jazzed them up with more polys for better animation.
  1. Yukasin's Avatar
    These look pretty good, can't wait to see more!
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Aww no Night Elf/Human preview? Oh well.
  1. Wildmoon's Avatar
    Undead new model looks really good.
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    This expansion need to come out ASAP.
  1. Issalice's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sakashima View Post
    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.
    I remember them saying at some point they were only doing the vanilla races, then they said they would eventually get the the BC races. I was okay with that eventual thing. Until I saw the WoD site and they weren't even listed

    But...the remodels are so freakin amazing....they pretty much have to do belfs and space goats now. The gnome looks incredible! And I am a total hordie...might have to make a gnome
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Exerus View Post
    Im not sure I like the new tauren look. I think it looks to cartoonish and friendly. But I will have to see the customization before I really decide how I truly feel.
    That particular face is obviously based on one of the old tauren concepts from Classic.



    The obviously won't all look like that.
  1. Renshu's Avatar
    There's a new model draenei chick in the trailer. They probably haven't shown us all the ladies incase we fap ourselves to dust over the weekend.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    I cried a bit when I saw that female dwarf...they've made them look JUST as I pictured them!! AND, DEM EYES! Once these models come out, it'll be goblins, worgens and ofc belf and draenei feeling old .

    Awesome work as always Blizz, now SHOW FEMALE TAUREN!!!
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by alexelf View Post
    no new models for blood elf & draenei???
    Read the FAQ. They're going to do blood elves and draenei, but they might not be implemented until later in the expansion.
  1. Renshu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    I cried a bit when I saw that female dwarf...they've made them look JUST as I pictured them!! AND, DEM EYES! Once these models come out, it'll be goblins, worgens and ofc belf and draenei feeling old .

    Awesome work as always Blizz, now SHOW FEMALE TAUREN!!!
    Nah there's a high rez new Draenei girl in the trailer, theyare doing them all.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    Also I REALLY hope they'll update the models of the old racial mounts!!
  1. Rennadrel's Avatar
    Those female dwarf models need to do P90X :P
  1. JrTM's Avatar
    anything about moonkins ?????????
  1. Issalice's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    Also I REALLY hope they'll update the models of the old racial mounts!!

    I would love that!! Squeeeee, so much awesomeness today already, I would burst if there were mount retextures I think lol
  1. Dustdevil's Avatar
    I hope they do a major overhaul on male Draenei

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