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8-18-2011 @ 4:55PM
You state that Transmogrification is the antithesis to silhouette theory.I'm not sure that is true.The silhouette system has been embraced by Blizzard for one simple reason - there simply isn't a better way to quickly tell friend from foe, especially on a cluttered screen. There are other methods by which IFF can occur, certainly - but none in play that are quite as accurate or simple. No need to point a mouse at a target; no need to guess which bar belongs to which figure on a crowded screen.Silhouette remains a simple, effective, well tested system. It provides a quick, simple way to ID multiple enemies without taking your eyes off them.At the same time, same faction PvP does devalue it. But then, so did the neutral arenas and Blizzard still touted silhouette. Is it being devalued to the point where Blizzard gets rid of it?Will we see playable Alliance High Elves?Somehow, I think the answer is no....especially since the current plan is to retain a high degree of visual identification. Transmogrification means a players power is obscured; it means his race, his faction and his class are not.As for the idea of a bi-factional race?Why should Blizzard care about people QQing about faction A getting race B? The Alliance still don't have High Elves. The Horde still ended up with Goblins despite the presence of the supposedly cooler Worgen. People will ALWAYS QQ about this.The answer to this kind of QQ is not a bi factional race with all the baggage that it arrives with. Its to give the other faction a neat race of its own.Its not impossible Blizzard will abandon the silhouette system. I simply think it unlikely and I think most players speculating about this aspect are simply those who are afraid "my faction aren't getting Pandaren".
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