Art of World of Warcraft
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
  • 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
Comments 140 Comments
  1. mmoc3084e27e77's Avatar
    Yay indeed.
  1. Dragore's Avatar
    This shall be interesting...
  1. mmocd4569adb10's Avatar
    Yay fo sho
  1. Hitorii's Avatar
    Interesting take, this art style has definitely blown my mind
  1. roflwaffle's Avatar
    and this is where i'd put my art, if i had any!
  1. Hecz's Avatar
    Yeah pretty much
  1. Msi's Avatar
    yay lol.....
  1. Ninsew's Avatar
    taht "yay"
  1. HardlyWaken's Avatar
    That... fungal... whale.... It's Cloverfield all over again and I LOVE it.
  1. JoeShmo's Avatar
    "Our in-game orcs are hunched over, but our cinematic and art drawing orcs stand tall and upright."

    Drives me crazy lol.
  1. Azahel's Avatar
    Fungal whale... Very interesting.
    I'll never see Zangarmarsh the same way again.
  1. bohapjut's Avatar
    dat Juggernaught!
  1. Ulgrim's Avatar
    I can't wait to see the new armor designs. Great opportunity to return to the original Warcraft style.
  1. Ninsew's Avatar
    That gnome female <3
  1. Varjo410's Avatar
    Now we can't hear that dude talking, fire the guys that did the sound (checks) already.
  1. Azahel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ulgrim View Post
    I can't wait to see the new armor designs. Great opportunity to return to the original Warcraft style.
    As a warrior, I like to look like I blew the latest raid and decided the wear pieces of it...
    Ok, no. I hope they have something that looks like I belong to my faction.
  1. Manthis's Avatar
    Holy crap the undead model! Mind = Blown.
  1. mmoc22ed96abf2's Avatar
    Squee the Gnome female looks AWESOME!
  1. Hunterpower's Avatar
    I might make my insta 90 a female gnome.
  1. Pachycrocuta's Avatar
    Dem Gnomes.... Makes them actually look appealing to create a character of said race. I really like the new models. Now if only they would update the goblins and worgen, as they will look as shitty as the originals. And give the alpha female worgen as an option or as the only choice.

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