It looks like Blizzard's art team is continuing the work it started with the key characters in World of Warcraft
lore by updating their in-game models. This time, it's Lady Jaina Proudmoore
who's getting the royal treatment by getting a new model that shows off more realistic armor textures -- and I mean some form of armor, not just sproingy cloth -- as well as a unique, somewhat snooty face. This comes after Jaina's noselift and slight belly-baring in Patch 3.1.
The new face looks to have higher resolution than that of normal human female player characters and could be indicative of the new graphics to come with the Cataclysm
(e.g., this matches the higher resolution Worgen and Goblin masks
that were unveiled some time ago). This leaves a few more bosses, most notably Thrall -- who's still wearing Level 30 greens -- to get the makeover treatment. We know that Baine Bloodhoof is replacing Cairne, so the latter probably won't be getting a new model. It's interesting to see who else gets a nice makeover. The higher resolution, multi-angled sweet stuff
after the jump.UPDATE:
Zarhym says that the update to Jaina comes at a perfect time
as she and Sylvanas Windrunner (updated for Wrath of the Lich King
) would play key roles in Icecrown. He also reveals that "other heroes"
or key figures in Warcraft lore will probably get the same upgraded graphics to give them a more distinctive look.
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