You can tell by the way he's standing and looking down (at where player's will be) that he's going to be HUGE
No, Ra-Den is the Thunderbeaver.
Your comments are duly noted and ignored.
I punch a hobo every time someone says 'it's not a rotation it's a priority list lol'.
If it comes down to new models or more content, give me more content every time.
If there's one thing World of Warcraft players hate more than people who don't play, it's people that do play but not as much as them.
That makes me wonder the same.
In fact, Blizzard has been so nortoriously lazy that the Dark Phoenix was out for months before they realized people hated the fact they gave it the drake roar when mounted.
Making new skeletons, btw, don't take ANY more resources than remodels and reskins do. They just take a bit more time, but in the end the extra work shows. When I look at a troll and I see it do the shoulder roll a male night elf does, all I see is a male night elf in a troll's skin, not a troll.
We could argue about this to no end, because some people think re-using skeletons a million times over is perfectly acceptable, and other don't, but don't act like Blizzard doesn't have the money, resources or art team capable of creating new models with new skeletons, because they DO.
God damnit, even the Shalings use the same models of the trash mobs in TBC 5mans like the Mechanar and such. Making new skins and recolouring them doesn't make them new. It just makes them feel like something old with a bit of new paint.
MoP has done well overall in the art department because most of the artwork has been entirely new, but it is perfectly acceptable for me to feel disappointed when Blizzard decides to take the easier route. Just because they have done a bunch of things the right way doesn't excuse the times when they don't.
Dragon Soul was the prime example of rehashes of old models and calling them "new." Easiest one of the worst, more unoriginal raids I have seen. Almost hated it as much as ToC10/25.
He's Ra-Den, a titan watcher that was defeated by Lei Shen and now is used for his fleshcrafting and as the source of his great power.
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Fundamentally, all humans have the same skeleton too. Do you walk around during your daily life and go "I hate the fact that all humans are so similar!"
I'm okay with using the same skeleton if the textures are amazing. Case in point - Mogu and Jinyu. Mogu use the Draenei skeleton, but they look a lot different, thus they look like a completely new race. Jinyu use Night Elf skeletons, but it's hard to tell by their fish heads, etc. Reskins, on the other hand, are not okay.
But if we're talking about bosses that are essentially the same race, I can be okay with reskins. This tier we got new boss models in Empress and Sha of Fear, plus Elegon / Tsulong, and Lei Shei are all pretty unique, even when compared to their base skeletons and other copies of them.
They don't have the Capacity, so they reuse Skeletons, as any Character Artist worth his money. OF COURSE does extra work show. Still doesn't change the Priority's for Content Development. And rigging the same effort as texturing/modeling? Don't talk out of your ass please .
Rigging animations takes a hell of a lot more time than you seem to imagine.
It is a choice between new models and new animations, we aren't getting both. I would much rather they reuse skeletons where it is appropriate (and it is definitely appropriate to reuse a titan watcher skeleton for another titan watcher!) than they reuse models more because they're been wasting time making animations for things they already have perfectly serviceable skeletons for.
Alarm bells. To me it means well- blaring air raid sirens really. As of Wrath Azeroth was in such a state of disrepair that if the Titans weren't busy (doing titan things I assume) and bothered to notice they would "reset" the whole damn planet. Since then we've found and 'secured' at least the primary reset (there may be more), but the Titans could still 'problematic' too say the least.
For the above reasons anything drawing the Titans attention to Azeroth is BAD!