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. Nillie's Avatar
    Female gnome model is so adorable
  1. Trengor's Avatar
    I might just make a female gnome now. These models look awsome!
  1. Binki's Avatar
    Orc model, dwarf model, male gnome are awesome.

    But female gnome... its horrible. They've completely ruined it!
  1. Dolus's Avatar
    Imho, player models are pure maintenance. It's not a selling point. You can log in and experience the new player models without purchasing the expansion. The Garrison is just an updated Tiller's farm. Right now, it's just a C- expansion that's being sold. There has to be some amazing technology being implemented that's not yet revealed or another class for this to be a success. Unless, success to Blizzard is simply sustaining existing subs and possibly up-ticking their current sub count to about 8 or 8.5 million from the existing 7.6 million.
  1. Freia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Renshu View Post
    Nah there's a high rez new Draenei girl in the trailer, theyare doing them all.
    Trailer models are not in game models.
  1. ethzero's Avatar
    I'm liking the new female Gnome models (and the new male Tauren). In fact I like all of them so far.
  1. Ronnosh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ProfessorTjc View Post

    Am I only one that thought this?
    Gnomish sex face ftw, lmao
  1. Sacrelis's Avatar
    I am really surprised when the panel said they are going to redo all the models including Draenei and Bloodelf, but I am really looking forward to those. Good job so far Blizzard, I am definitely pumped for next expansion.
  1. Aaros's Avatar
    Will it be possible to toggle between old and new models, in case they end up causing performance issues on some lower-end computers?
  1. Legitstarz's Avatar
    The Gnome models look great, except for their mouths... eww
  1. Pippsie's Avatar
    I have 10 female gnomes and they were cute and beautiful. They had intelligent faces. Blizzard totally ruined female gnomes and made them look like stupid, cheap, duckface girls (I would say some rude word, but I wont). They killed my gnomish girls and I after I saw it, I lost interest to play new expansion. These wont be characters I've been playing for years... these will be some new faces I don't know.
  1. Yxion's Avatar

    Best artwork ever
  1. Kadaashi's Avatar
    Why are there grilled hot dogs? Someone please tell me why there are grilled hot dogs I cannot stop thinking about the hot dogs.
  1. rcshaggy's Avatar
    Probably a joke panel, and I want to see ogre females with the updated ogre male model.
  1. Marvdatboi's Avatar
    The models all look great. I just might have to start playing again.... might.
  1. Morbidity's Avatar
    what the fuck I think at least 75% of all females watching wants to see female human/nelf/belf/draenei updates!! How long will the wait be for some previews! And to all the haters on the new looks...don't forget you can choose a bunch of faces, not every face will look like the one they present right now, surely mean ones will look mean, and sweet ones will look sweet.
  1. Issalice's Avatar
    I hear ya. I'm disappointed they weren't more balanced with the preview. I am dying to see the belfs. I know they and the draenei are the last priority, but it's all I play, I was hoping for something today. Still excited though, if what was revealed is any indication they will be amazing.
  1. Morbidity's Avatar
    I have a feeling belf will go towards the sylvanas model, and nelf like the ysera model. the faces at least. When i saw Ysera at first, i instantly thought of 'updated nelf' Actually...Tyrande will have the body as well i assume for Nelfs
  1. Sainur's Avatar
    Female gnome and dwarf.

    Do want.
  1. Dzudzadzo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ProfessorTjc View Post

    Am I only one that thought this?

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