Blizzard has a long-standing record of keeping its mouth shut about upcoming projects until the time is just right, but once a game has officially been unveiled the company usually offers frequent updates and previews leading up to launch.
That has certainly been the case with Earlier this week the development team gave MMO fans a sneak peek at the new expansion’s jungle-themed starting zone and today the Alliance players are in for a treat.
Often, graphical updates to existing content will occur when an upcoming patch contains content that relates to the aforementioned old content.
A prominent example in patch 6.2 is the Hellfire Citadel raid: The presence of the Burning Legion has provided Blizzard with a good opportunity to update existing demonic models.
Here is the official description of Blood Elf, you can get some idea of what the finished product will look like by checking the preview.
"We're aware that it's not ideal to see a mix of older player character models next to newer player character models, especially when you happen to be a player of the Blood Elf variety—and we’re working as diligently to remedy that situation as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality.
I sent Mike a followup e-mail last Friday and one again today. The first question was about whether or not to update the character models in a legacy server to the new models: Current Wo W has new models for players and some have asked if these models could be included in Legacy Wo W. Comments indicated that many thought that new models would detract from the vanilla purity and point of having legacy servers.
The last time it took about a week to hear back from Mike before he agreed to a meeting, so I’m being patient. Many voted for new models, but it became clear that it was coming from a “nice to have” perspective with only one or two saying they would not play vanilla Wo W if the models were not updated.
Senior Artist Joe Keller is focusing on the Blood Elf male model.
The Blood Elves bring a bit of subtlety to the Horde, and I think that was one of the most important aspects of the Blood Elves to maintain.
For the female specifically, something we did often was move things around in small but deliberate increments, to make sure everything was just right.
This sentiment was felt quite clearly when updates to facial features for character models were underway during the Warlords of Draenor beta.
When I consider what models in the game I’d like to see improvement on in a future patch, I always cycle back to various models of undead creatures (especially ghouls! This should come as little surprise, seeing as I play as Death Knight and have a particular affinity for the Northrend continent!