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4-04-2012 @ 11:18AM
Personally I'd love to see a water-based race (such as Naga or Murlocs although I don't see either of them becoming playable) but I want something whose racial is fast swimming! Swimming is soooo slow. But being a Naga would be amazing and I'd have to race change immediately (but again I don't see it happening...ever.)
4-04-2012 @ 11:30AM
Blizzard said, a long time ago, that due to the way the game engine worked, it was impossible to put leg armor on non-bipedal races, so any non-bipedal races, such as Naga, Centaur, and Dryads, would never be playable. (And the one time you DO play as a Naga, or use the trinket to turn into one, the equipment is set.)They also said, and I quote, "Murlocs are too awesome to belong to either faction." Then again, they said something similiar about Pandarans.
4-04-2012 @ 11:35AM
If you want to swim fast, make a druid. We're awesome! And now we get Orca form. :-)
4-04-2012 @ 11:44AM
@Drakk I'd be surprised if Blizzard did say that Naga would *never* be playable. Here's Chris Metzen talking about how he wants playable Naga in the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kei61shkWhU(About 7:43, unless you like a lot of talk about how cool the Draenei are)
4-04-2012 @ 12:04PM
That video is from 2008. The quote I am talking about was afterwards.It was in response to someone asking about playable Naga, if I remember correctly. And again, if I remember correctly it was Bashiok who responded. It wasn't just Naga, it was ALL non-bipedal races were impossible.Would it be possible to overcome that limitation? Possibly. It would also be possible to overcome the hardcoded default 16-slot backpack, but it would be a shitton of work. This is how, from the description given on the way equipment works, the basic method the game uses to show equipment on characters. Without a proper leg region, the game can't equip anything there (this goes beyond artwork) and you would be left with a race who could never visible equip a leg-slot item. Unless Blizzard had a change of heart, and didn't care about an entire race being visibily incomplete with their gear, the only other thing to do would be rewrite some of the basics of the engine, something they are very, very wary of doing and might be more trouble than it's worth (again, default 16-slot backpack limitation is an example.)If we ever saw playable Naga, they would be changed from the Naga currently in game. They would have legs, and probably a long tail, and two arms. Or in other words, look barely like the ones in the game. Some mutation or offshoot from the original race.
4-04-2012 @ 12:10PM
You can actually play as a naga with the trinket (or friend with trinket) http://www.wowhead.com/spell=91761 and the potion of illusion. A guildie and I were healing in Naga form for Morchok (sadly the trinket takes 10 minutes to cooldown, and potions only last for 2, but still it was fun).I also healed as a stone drake form (my alchemist still hasn't gotten a second canopic jar to even try for the recipe). Their casting animation is awesome--they open their wings and wiggle their head back and forth like they are breathing fire (same thing when you summon at a stone).As a druid, I'd be fine with Naga without armor--I've gotten used to my moonkin look (and will enjoy being a tree again), and would be fine with just weapons showing on them too (I'm sure quite a few wouldn't like it though).Anne did a great article about this stuff on http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/03/28/5-stupid-awesome-uses-for-a-potion-of-illusion/#continued .
4-04-2012 @ 12:17PM
I've heard the leg armor excuse as well, but they don't display boots on tauren, or any armor at all on most druids. I'm guessing that anyone who wants to play a race with no legs won't mind not seeing leg armor.
4-04-2012 @ 12:19PM
What's the issue with not being able to see leg armor? Couldn't you accept that as a trade-off? My main is a lock... aside from a few unfortunate tunic mishaps during BC, a robe has always covered his legs/boots. If I look really REALLY hard I can sort of make out some pixels resembling a shoe sole.If that was truly their only reason for not bringing Naga to the PC side, I'd like to see a poll on WoW Insider asking whether invisible leg armor would be an issue. For me, the ends justify the means, but I can understand some people wanting to see every last thread of their hard-earned armor.
4-04-2012 @ 12:31PM
Massa, I mentioned that. I said the equipment is set in both instances.Jimson, Blizzard won't even let shoulder art be turned off because they said they wanted their artists work to be seen. They also resisted letting you visually change items (i.e. transmogrification) because they wanted people to go beyond certain items, and not use the same or older equipment all the time (they also said there was a technical reason, but found out it was much easier than they thought when they implemented it.) It took them nearly 7 years before they let people do this.So the idea of an entire race which could NEVER have visual leg armor probably doesn't appeal to them.Like I said, if they ever become playable, they will probably do them with legs, and have them be a mutant offshoot of the race.
4-04-2012 @ 12:46PM
I understand the argument for showing leg armor. I'd be pissed too if I was an artist and my designs were useless, because a race couldn't disply them properly. However, as someone else pointed out... what about Tauren? Have they ever displayed boots? I have a few lvl 85 Tauren but I can't remember at the moment if any of them have anything but hooves showing. I also go back to my earlier point re: the visibility of leg armor and the like. If a robe covers your legs and the only option is to physically remove the robe in order to see the leg armor... that's not a huge logical step from just not having leg armor.A Naga with legs, after all the lore/backstories/whatever else we have been given, would just feel like a weak attempt to pacify players. But would I still play one? Absolutely.
4-04-2012 @ 1:24PM
Hooved races still show boot artwork. They get an "ankle boot", so to speak. The boot displays armor around their ankles.Female Worgen are the only race which I am not sure show boots. Equipping most boots, I don't see a difference. Maybe they get ankle wrappings, and I know on Wowhead their 3D viewer shows some footwear showing up completely covering the feet, but their 3D viewer is also buggy.While I don't mind going shoeless on Worgens, it wouldn't surprise me if they left that out. The model was unfinished (got to love the out-of-sync sniffing animation where the audio finishes before it does.)
4-04-2012 @ 1:31PM
The 'no legs issue' is not so much limited to whether pieces of armour would show. It would also involve revisiting every mount in the game. Naga on a kodo? Hard to visualise that working well.
4-04-2012 @ 5:04PM
^They could ride side-saddle, or just have a bipedal form while on land (they are warped elves after all).Also, or alternatively, they could ride mounts that don't require, er, leg separation. I fancy a chariot made of sea-shells and pulled by murloc slaves.I would really like playable Naga :) (I absolutely loved the Desolace quest that turns you into one.)
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