So we can thank blizzard for the 15 months of SoO on the character models? The stuff that gets hidden under armor anyway? Awesome.
People have been asking, nay craving, new models ever since TBC where the Blood Elves and Draenei already out-shined the older races.
Also, it's an RPG, this stuff matters.
Oh and no, that's not the sole reason. We don't know all the reasons, and if you honestly think that SoO will last for 15 months and that WoD won't release until the 20th of december, you are beyond silly.
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Yes, Blizz clearly stated that we will get 15 months of SoO because of character models. The expansion has been completely finished for about a year now, they are just waiting on the new models.
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They can take as long as they want to make the characters look good. I never have helm on anyway.
I have other games to play while I wait.
I don't even pay attention to my character model. He's clad under too much unrealistic armor.
No they arent the reason.
The reason is: "if they pay no matter what, why deliver new content?"
Whatever the reason, I don't see how they think a fall release is acceptable.
I haven't seen this reason used by devs. That said though, I'm no apologist for them. The current information void and lack of anything resembling a beta date smacks of incompetent proritisation and bad management.
Blizzard themselves have stated time and again that they have different art/content creation teams working on different aspects of the game. Environment artists are different character artists. With that in mind, what excuse do they have for not showing us Spires of Arak, Nagrand, Tanan or more of Talador? It's not like they have to craft a brand new starting zone for new races or classes, or revamp levelling content.
For the first time they've got no excuse for the delays. There's a distinct lack of anything compelling in WoD that could justify the time delay we're seeing.
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Can you link a very specific forum or twitter post where a Blizz guy said they were delaying the xpac till December because of the new models? Otherwise it just seems like general bellyaching to me. I've been on a WoW hiatus since late January to catch up on D3. I'd suggest you do something similar if you don't want to keep smashing Garry's face in.
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I'm pretty sure that yes - the complaints about the character models not being as good as people were expecting has lead to a huge delay. You're going to get all the models done for release and all the unique faces, and you also get a year of SoO. On the bright side this hopefully gives them more time for other content to be developed (after all, they're not just going to stop work on all the other teams while the art team catches up.).
A little bit of that but more likely they didn't want to overburden the authentication servers for diablo III again.
The models are not causing a huge delay on the expansion. If the models were the main thing we were waiting on, we'd be in beta with 3 new models and the rest the old ones and we'd be testing things while they work on the models.
Hell, they said from the very beginning they might not even release the expansion with all the new models at launch. Some might be patched. They don't WANT to do that, but it's been an option since the very beginning.
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Character models are actually ahead of schedule, hence why we are getting the BC races with WoD. Also, there is no delay. They said Fall, we'll get it in Fall.
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