World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor may have been out for well over a week now, but not quite everything coming along with the expansion is fully in-place. In particular, the character model overhaul has not been completed yet, with the Blood Elves, Goblins and Worgens still requiring updates. Thankfully, we now have the first details on the planned Blood Elf model update.
In a new post over on the World of Warcraft website, the development team has shared images showcasing what the female and male Blood Elf models will look like when added to the game in a yet to be determined future update. The new models look very much like their previous incarnations, perhaps the most faithful modernization of all the playable races if you ask me.
In the blog post, Senior Artist Dusty Nolting, who is focusing on the female model, gave his thoughts on the update:
The Horde has classically been about brutes, blood, and thunder. 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. It’s the delicate details like her nose shape or fingertips that represent the most challenging parts of upgrading the female.
Meanwhile, Senior Artist Joe Keller, who is focusing on the Blood Elf male model, had this to say about his work:
The male Blood Elf already has a lot of character with his easily recognizable pose and stylish hair. Our update just gives us a chance to define and focus on that. His anatomy, facial features, and hair will all get an update while still maintaining his iconic look, bringing him to the level of the other new character models.
It’s an excellent start to rounding out the final three races of the game and completing the core overhaul of player models. Look forward to more information regarding the Goblins and Worgens in the coming weeks. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor launched to much appraise, despite some technical issues, for PC on November 13th. You can checkout the new model images in the gallery below.