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World of Warcraft – Female Night Elves Getting New Models

According to a post on Battle.net by Chris Robinson, senior art director over at Blizzard, there’s a new female Night Elf model in the works. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering that the Draenei and Blood Elf models are also being updated, and some Dwarf remodels were shown off earlier in the year.

Most of the changes are for the purposes of improving overall textures and animations since the game has needed some quality-of-life fixes over time. With a game like World of Warcraft which has been on the scene for about a decade now, the changes have always had to be organic and keeping to the original ideas for the characters.


Old model vs. newer models

Old model vs. newer models

Lead character artist Tyson Murphy also had some comments to share about the process of revamping the female Night Elf. Most of the changes he described revolved around adding more detail which was previously impossible given the limitations of polygon counts. The team is aiming to give the female Night Elves more muscle tone, so as to emphasize their huntress nature and slightly sharper nails to give them a more feral look. They closed the discussion of the aesthetics of the new model by discussing the most distinct feature Night Elves have: their ears. The new model will have her ears integrated into the geometry of her head (they were separate objects before) thus allowing for a more natural and cohesive look.

World of Warcraft is a constantly changing game, and as it nears its fifth expansion with Warlords of Draenor, we can only expect even greater things in the future.

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