WoW is to big of a game & people keep thinking it just gunna implode in a day or week or whenever another over hyped mess releases.
I think we can predict a short-term revenue surge from people re-subbing to check out how their old characters look now, at least for a month or two. Beyond that (And I know WoW might have already peaked), updated character models look better in advertising material. They're a new selling point. They help market the game better. That can bring in new players.
Beyond that, you might even convince a few cynical players on the verge of unsubbing to come back.
You can't tell me that it isn't a profitable move to update the models.
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I swear I read something about updating them this xpac?
They've kind of damned themselves with the new player models. The quality of models they added in MoP is remarkable, and no doubt they wanted to impress players with what WoW could do with its engine. But with the quality they've added, it just makes the old players models look more glaringly out of date. Its really something they should have foreseen when planning MoP.
I quit WoW after my annual pass ran out, right around when Mists came out. Guild mates were on a break, so I'm taking one now too.
If there were a reason for me to come back, Character models wouldn't be it - but it would definitely be a nice incentive. I had fun leveling up a Pandaren, and seeing their awesome models and animations. They really made my other characters look like crap in comparison though. I think new models would be something to look froward to if I came back.
I do agree that gear tends to cover up all character features, and having a feral druid as a main I rarely see my character out of form in raids or dungeons anyways, but I still have to put up with looking at everyone else in town and I'd rather see them look as good as some of the NPCs in the game.
New character models will be nice. They won't save the game if the game is going down in flames so I don't understand the 'too late' thing.
I presume we'll see them in the next year or so and the game will certainly still be around. So no, not too late.
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If anything the character model updates will be like a breath of fresh air as opposed to "too little, too late."
Anything over that stiff-ass running style of the humans will be welcome.
It's not to late, I don't understand how it would be?
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Keep in mind when comparing WoW's graphics to some of the other games. WoW isn't going anywhere, at least not anytime soon, unless there was a huge reason for the company to stop developing. Why is there more people playing this mmorpg and not others? Not to say others don't have a lot of people.
main reason that a lot of people continue to play wow is that it's safe... By that I mean you've spent the last 7 years playing it, you're knowledgeable, you know the lore, the characters, world, raids, items etc and it feels like home.
Other MMOs might be better right now but I wouldn't know, I like the comfort and security of WoW and the people within the game that I've known for years.
New models won't make people stay/leave but they'll be a nice addition to a game that still manages to look good all these years later.
Of course not! It would only be too late if they were released during the last patch of the final expansion. Until then, improvements are just that - improvements.
I, for one, welcome updated undead models. The claw-as-big-as-the-finger look is really, really outdated.
This is going in the next expansion. You guys, come on, they are using it as a selling point. It's gonna be a big deal.
A lot of people within the dev team seem to love the idea and that's an incentive to say it isn't too late. That said, I couldn't care less. I'm one of those heathens who makes female Human alts because I think they're visually appealing and have expressive faces.
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I think the idea of new character models is a touchy subject for Blizzard. They are working on them but the project I imagine will take plenty of time. Not so much from a technical standpoint but also an artistic standpoint. Blizzard wants the next generation of character models to be recognizable and not take away from the image that define our characters present. So as few people can complain that they liked their old character model better than the new model that was implemented.