I stopped playing WoW until they update the models which are a decade old by now. And my bet is that we won't even see them in MoP, rather in the next expansion as something "new" which should be out by now if they weren't scratching their ...
Anyone else that shares my opinion? Are Blizzard really that slow or a company which makes billions can't afford to get this needed change out for so long?
Even if I rationally agree that they should be a low priority when more resources could be spend in gameplay; fuck, I wants me some shiny new models.
And that, even if entirely emotional, it's a valid point. If it things where just about gameplay, why create new zones and races? The way your character looks is a huge reason why you like a game, as it is too the world building, the lore, the pve and the pvp. They are all parts that draw the audience in, and none should be neglected in favor of the other. Thus, after 8 years with character models that have aged not gracefully at all. So I'm happy about the update, it took long enough.
I think they will implemented either gradually or all in the preparation patch for next expansion, I doubt they are going to try to put it as brand new expansion content.
Just play MMO's that have devs that realize character appearance is important to many. I try to ignore my characters in WoW, not only do the models look like dogshit but gear is painted on to those shitty models and is just terrible as a whole. In other words, look straight pay attention to what's happening in the game and not on your character lol
Right, I know that changing the people who work on a game changes the game (/tinfoilhat the A team moving to Titan /tinfoilhat) but good God Blizzard is slow.
I'd certainly want more quality content as opposed to models which will lose their shine in a month, but it's getting a bit ridiculous. Have you seen Tauren lately? :\
Blizzard always seems to be hiring; they're likely just very selective about WHO they hire.
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What people don't understand is that the new models aren't just new skins, but also new animations. If all they did for Orcs was make them look like Thrall, clean up some pixels and call it good, I'd be raging. Everythings going to look fluid. Your character blinks, breathes, shows emotion. Right now Orcs can do /cheer and still have the same wooden angry face you created at the start. A pandaren does /cheer and they smile, their eyes light up, their mouth moves as they cheer what they do... it looks realistic and fluid. Making Orcs or Trolls or Gnomes look cleaner and up-to-date still won't fix the fact that they act and move like they have sticks up their butts.
I don't understand what the big deal with new character models is. While I'd like to see new models, as long as the overall game is fun, I don't mind the 2004 level graphics that much. Gameplay to me is always better than grpahics.
The big thing for me in games is customising my character. So yeah I too have stopped playing until new character models. I generally dont play a game unless I have lots of customisation options etc. >.> sue me!
Edit: It wasn't the sole reason for me not playing, I got bored too but new models is enough for me to try it out again.
Problem is no matter how much money you throw at an artist they cant work that much faster. I don't know about you guys, but I dot want to end up with some half retarded toon that was thrown together with extra pixel count. WoW's character models and movement outclass any other mmo out there. There is going to be so much QQ even when they do put them out there since people are so attached to their characters. I'm all for a huge customization for each race but not at the expense of quality.
I feel it's unreasonable to expect that big of a change and most of the time with all the gear on you will notice just a few skeletal changes if any.If they change the casting and combat animations as well as visual upgrades than that would be worth complaining for ,but I am not sure that's the case here.