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3-29-2012 @ 11:54AM
I think that there are too many improvements to list, so I'll just try to list the ones I think will be (almost) universally agreed upon. This is coming from a primarily Alliance perspective, FYI.1. More polys. This is a given.2. Better hands. Probably just tied into higher poly count, but they are so bad I feel the need to call them out.3. Movable faces. The most striking aspect to me about the Panderan is that the faces aren't just stickers on a doll. They are real, 3D modeled features that move and interact with the rest of the model. I think the addition of this is going to destroy a lot of the "old" looks. A 3D face is just not going to look similar to the painted on frowns that the old races all seem to have.4. More realistic proportions. If they feel they need to stick with huge, body-builder sized men, at least proportion their arms and legs a bit better. Right now they just look silly.5. Physics. Make all the parts of the model move in realistic ways. Hair, beards, tails, etc.6. More customization options! You have 10 million players, who are allowed up to 50 characters each. And you have like 5 hairstyles per race/gender. Unacceptable in 2012. This is going to be your saving grace when all of the people start complaining that you changed the look of their character. The best way to distract people from the fact that you just forever altered their character's look after ~6 years is to give them lots of new and better options. You know you can't please everyone. So throw in as many options as you can so that hopefully people can find a new look that they like. Also, don't needlessly tie options to other options. Separate out tattoo/hair color and the like. There's really no reason that stuff needs to be linked.7. Controversial racial features. I'm referring mainly to undead elbows/knees. It was cute back in 2004, but I think a lot of people are tired of it. They just want your new Tier 14 armor to look good. Most of other races flaws can be covered up by armor, so why can't undead have this option? And it just doesn't make physical sense. Make it an option at the very least. Possibly on character creation.8. Don't listen to the masses. Art done by committee looks horrible. Don't pull a Worgen Female 2.0. All you will create is a model that takes the worst ideas from everyone. Have a strong, focused vision for the look of each character. If you create something that some people don't like, it's ok. But it needs to have a strong sense of identity about who and what they are. You can SEE who and what the Panderan are. Some people don't like the asian flair and that's ok. But it has a clear identity and purpose. Races like the Draenai, Tauren, Dwarves, Trolls all have very strong sense of identity. Play that up! Dwarves should have tons of beard options and customizations, Trolls should stick with the colorful, wacky vibe they have going. People identify with this. It's better to be somewhat polarizing than to be "meh". I rather have a bunch of 5 star and 1 star votes than all 3 stars. No one signs up to wow hoping to just be an "average" adventurer (well some might for RP...). Sorry for the long post, but the model update is something I'm really looking forward to and I just really hope they go all in instead of playing it safe. I'm willing to risk hating my character's current look if it turns out there's another look that is just fantastic for me.
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