World of Warcraft's Night Elf Gets a Face-lift For Warlords of Dreanor

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World of Warcraft's Night Elf Gets a Face-lift For Warlords of Dreanor

World of Warcraft's Night Elf player model will be brought in line graphically with the game's newer races.

At last year's Blizzcon, Blizzard announced that all of the original eight World of Warcraft races would be getting a face-lift for the upcoming Warlords of Dreanor expansion. At the time, we only saw new models for the Orc, Gnome, Dwarf, Undead and Tauren, but now we've been given a glimpse at how Night Elves will look in the expansion - at least, the females. Check them out below:

On the redesign, Blizzard artist Tyson Murphy said: "Overall, we've made her new model a little more defined, made some of her proportions a bit more realistic, and added a bit more muscle tone. We wanted to visually communicate that she is a fully capable warrior huntress, and small details like muscle definition help highlight that. We also put additional focus on her hands and fingernails, giving a very slight point to her nails to provide just a hint of a more feral nature."

It's certainly a far cry for those blurry, jagged renders that were originally released back in 2004.

Blizzard are periodically updating their blog with the new character models, check out the "Artcraft" posts for more info.

Source: Blizzard

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Damn, that Night Elf looks like she can do some serious squats.

That's funny, I don't remember Blood Elves being purpl-- WAIT A SECOND

BLIZZARD

THAT'S NOT THE RACE I WANT YOU TO SHOW ME.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU.

>_> How can I have fabulous hair if you won't let me see it. Pls.

In all seriousness, looks good. It's funny that the differences are a bit harder to notice because of the lack of pupils for me, because that's where the improvement on the other models seemed to draw my attention. Maybe I'm just weird.

Steven Bogos:
"Overall, we've made her new model a little more defined, made some of her proportions a bit more realistic, and added a bit more muscle tone. We wanted to visually communicate that she is a fully capable warrior huntress, and small details like muscle definition help highlight that. We also put additional focus on her hands and fingernails, giving a very slight point to her nails to provide just a hint of a more feral nature."

I found this part immensely encouraging. It really breaks immersion in games about swinging swords and shooting massive bows that all the female characters look like stick figures who would snap if they attempted either.

Back when you encountered Night Elves in Warcraft 3, you got the impression that they were some seriously dangerous warriors that might be a real danger to the Orcs in hand to hand combat(specifically the women). I'm glad that they're regaining a bit of physical presence and savagery (especially if you consider the roar in one of the pictures). Now they just need to be a bit taller.

Definitely some major improvements there, though I reckon the lighter coloured wavier hair adds a bit more character.

Smilomaniac:
Back when you encountered Night Elves in Warcraft 3, you got the impression that they were some seriously dangerous warriors that might be a real danger to the Orcs in hand to hand combat(specifically the women). I'm glad that they're regaining a bit of physical presence and savagery (especially if you consider the roar in one of the pictures). Now they just need to be a bit taller.

So, I did a look-see at the original post on the WoW site, and just realized that half the playerbase is losing their shit over the lack of fangs. I figure it's relevant enough to this comment. But yeah, they're still getting them. So, if scarier elves is what we want...

guess that's what we're getting

Ferisar:

Smilomaniac:
Back when you encountered Night Elves in Warcraft 3, you got the impression that they were some seriously dangerous warriors that might be a real danger to the Orcs in hand to hand combat(specifically the women). I'm glad that they're regaining a bit of physical presence and savagery (especially if you consider the roar in one of the pictures). Now they just need to be a bit taller.

So, I did a look-see at the original post on the WoW site, and just realized that half the playerbase is losing their shit over the lack of fangs. I figure it's relevant enough to this comment. But yeah, they're still getting them. So, if scarier elves is what we want...

guess that's what we're getting

I did notice that, but figured it wasn't overly important since Warcraft has changed a lot since the original games anyway. Back when Paladins were merciless and Orcs weren't misunderstood teenagers.

Smilomaniac:

Ferisar:

Smilomaniac:
Back when you encountered Night Elves in Warcraft 3, you got the impression that they were some seriously dangerous warriors that might be a real danger to the Orcs in hand to hand combat(specifically the women). I'm glad that they're regaining a bit of physical presence and savagery (especially if you consider the roar in one of the pictures). Now they just need to be a bit taller.

So, I did a look-see at the original post on the WoW site, and just realized that half the playerbase is losing their shit over the lack of fangs. I figure it's relevant enough to this comment. But yeah, they're still getting them. So, if scarier elves is what we want...

guess that's what we're getting

I did notice that, but figured it wasn't overly important since Warcraft has changed a lot since the original games anyway. Back when Paladins were merciless and Orcs weren't misunderstood teenagers.

BUT

BUT MOM. THRALL IS SUPERKEWL. He's like a shaman and stuff. He's all like "I'm an orc but was raised by a person?" and and he shoots lightning bolts and elements and

...

Yeah who am I kidding.


Proooobably a bit cooler.

^ Pictured, teenage angst?

Anyway, on topic. What would be totally awesome imo, is if that super long braid didnt stay locked to her shoulder, and when she moved it fell down her back ot whatever direction she's going. But when she stands still she pulls it back over her shoulder (and plays with the end >.>).

Always loved that braid, but damn it was distracting how it was stuck to her shoulder all the time.

Gotta say it's kinda impressive that an engine as old as WoW's can still have that kind of graphical performance.

Smilomaniac:

I did notice that, but figured it wasn't overly important since Warcraft has changed a lot since the original games anyway. Back when Paladins were merciless and Orcs weren't misunderstood teenagers.

I get the second bit, but since when have Paladins in Warcraft been "merciless?"

I definitely like the muscle tone upgrade.

Other than that... well... I don't play World of Warcraft, so I don't know.

Aeshi:
Gotta say it's kinda impressive that an engine as old as WoW's can still have that kind of graphical performance.

Smilomaniac:

I did notice that, but figured it wasn't overly important since Warcraft has changed a lot since the original games anyway. Back when Paladins were merciless and Orcs weren't misunderstood teenagers.

I get the second bit, but since when have Paladins in Warcraft been "merciless?"

When they had glowing eyes, echoing voices and burned their enemies inside out, though that last bit might've only applied to undead. Either way, you had the impression that you didn't want to mess with them.

Flames66:

Steven Bogos:
"Overall, we've made her new model a little more defined, made some of her proportions a bit more realistic, and added a bit more muscle tone. We wanted to visually communicate that she is a fully capable warrior huntress, and small details like muscle definition help highlight that. We also put additional focus on her hands and fingernails, giving a very slight point to her nails to provide just a hint of a more feral nature."

I found this part immensely encouraging. It really breaks immersion in games about swinging swords and shooting massive bows that all the female characters look like stick figures who would snap if they attempted either.

I would prefer that was a /little/ beefier, as aside from the muscle definition being there, she's almost the same size as the old model. But this is a step in the right direction, model and texture wise, it's georgous, and that one with the pony tail looks like she means business, /thats/ a female Night Elf folks. I just wish they still showed the wireframes and texture maps, I love seeing how well Blizzard do them.

But BY GOD do not go into the MMO Champion comments section for this. Because they would have you believe she's: Ugly, Masculine, fat, a shemale, hideous, too realistic, too musclebound, no longer hot, or too old. Frankly, I question what they think hot is, because I would tap any of the night elves in the preview in a heartbeat.

Aeshi:
Gotta say it's kinda impressive that an engine as old as WoW's can still have that kind of graphical performance.

It's mostly down to their texture department, the models themselves are pretty much "low" poly by todays standards, you can see the texture maps and wireframes below:

Even the original ones haven't aged that badly, and they had fucking awful wireframes even for their time, (only clocking in at 1k polys) Blizzard just knows what it's doing and how to optimize extremely well, in order to create something that looks great, even if it is technically inferior. Plus everyone can play!

Maybe it's just me but I don't see much of a difference really, other than making her underwear more Night Elfy and getting rid of the double-eyebrow thing they had going on. Adding muscle tone and definition is all well and good but...doesn't it kinda imply that the only way to appreciate such detail is to have your character running around naked? :P

Ferisar:

Smilomaniac:
Back when you encountered Night Elves in Warcraft 3, you got the impression that they were some seriously dangerous warriors that might be a real danger to the Orcs in hand to hand combat(specifically the women). I'm glad that they're regaining a bit of physical presence and savagery (especially if you consider the roar in one of the pictures). Now they just need to be a bit taller.

So, I did a look-see at the original post on the WoW site, and just realized that half the playerbase is losing their shit over the lack of fangs. I figure it's relevant enough to this comment. But yeah, they're still getting them. So, if scarier elves is what we want...

guess that's what we're getting

Really? People want to turn the Night Elves into vampires? Le sigh...

RJ 17:

Really? People want to turn the Night Elves into vampires? Le sigh...

Well, technically, sharp canines have been with the night elves since their inception back in Warcraft 3 (official Blizzard art):

image

It's subtle, but it's there. And they've not been too vampiric so far, have they ^^

Vegosiux:

RJ 17:

Really? People want to turn the Night Elves into vampires? Le sigh...

Well, technically, sharp canines have been with the night elves since their inception back in Warcraft 3 (official Blizzard art):

image

It's subtle, but it's there. And they've not been too vampiric so far, have they ^^

This I know, and there's nothing wrong with that. But considering this image (which is what I was going off of), I'd say there's no real way to implement such a subtle detail so that it'd be noticeable without being too noticeable, if you know what I mean.

The purple lipstick certainly doesn't help her not look like a vampire, for that matter. =3

I really like these. They are muscular, intimidating, but still very alluring. Everything an elf should be.

Really, how do all these people stay so slim and feminine in this high fantasy/medieval/punk setting? They are warriors! Even more so for the more amazonian of races. Like elves and trolls.

Why focus on the Night Elves though? All the old races are getting new models.

It's the sex appeal, isn't it? I sure hope not. The memory of 'that one Night Elf video' still haunts me.

Shamanic Rhythm:
Damn, that Night Elf looks like she can do some serious squats.

She lifts bro.

I must say I like the new models we've seen so far, glad I have a pre-order down.

Cowabungaa:
Why focus on the Night Elves though? All the old races are getting new models.

It's the sex appeal, isn't it? I sure hope not. The memory of 'that one Night Elf video' still haunts me.

Unless I'm mistake the reason is because the other ones were already revealed.

Cowabungaa:
Why focus on the Night Elves though?

Because the new models have only just been revealed. Hence, news.

Qizx:

Cowabungaa:
Why focus on the Night Elves though? All the old races are getting new models.

It's the sex appeal, isn't it? I sure hope not. The memory of 'that one Night Elf video' still haunts me.

Unless I'm mistake the reason is because the other ones were already revealed.

anthony87:

Cowabungaa:
Why focus on the Night Elves though?

Because the new models have only just been revealed. Hence, news.

The NE's weren't already as well? That's surprising. But then again, the possible explanation I already supposed could work here as well though. They're quite an effective marketing tool.

I, for one, am more looking forward to my Undead looking even more ghastly and my Dwarf looking even more gruff.

Cowabungaa:

Qizx:

Cowabungaa:
Why focus on the Night Elves though? All the old races are getting new models.

It's the sex appeal, isn't it? I sure hope not. The memory of 'that one Night Elf video' still haunts me.

Unless I'm mistake the reason is because the other ones were already revealed.

anthony87:

Cowabungaa:
Why focus on the Night Elves though?

Because the new models have only just been revealed. Hence, news.

The NE's weren't already as well? That's surprising. But then again, the possible explanation I already supposed could work here as well though. They're quite an effective marketing tool.

I, for one, am more looking forward to my Undead looking even more ghastly and my Dwarf looking even more gruff.

Would appear as though I'm correct after re-reading the article:

Steven Bogos:

At last year's Blizzcon, Blizzard announced that all of the original eight World of Warcraft races would be getting a face-lift for the upcoming Warlords of Dreanor expansion. At the time, we only saw new models for the Orc, Gnome, Dwarf, Undead and Tauren, but now we've been given a glimpse at how Night Elves will look in the expansion - at least, the females. Check them out below:

My main is a Night Elf, and I'm delighted with the new model. Especially loving that they're making them more muscular and realistically proportioned - well done Blizzard!

Also, those thighs... yum ;)

RJ 17:

Vegosiux:

RJ 17:

Really? People want to turn the Night Elves into vampires? Le sigh...

Well, technically, sharp canines have been with the night elves since their inception back in Warcraft 3 (official Blizzard art):

image

It's subtle, but it's there. And they've not been too vampiric so far, have they ^^

This I know, and there's nothing wrong with that. But considering this image (which is what I was going off of), I'd say there's no real way to implement such a subtle detail so that it'd be noticeable without being too noticeable, if you know what I mean.

The purple lipstick certainly doesn't help her not look like a vampire, for that matter. =3

ha! But too be fair, they're, you know, purple. Even if their lips weren't purple, can you blame them for wearing that lipstick color? xP

Cowabungaa:
Why focus on the Night Elves though? All the old races are getting new models.

It's the sex appeal, isn't it? I sure hope not. The memory of 'that one Night Elf video' still haunts me.

As others said, Blizzard has been doing a very slow and gradual reveal, starting with the two (orcs, dwarves) at blizzcon and several others over time afterwards on their main website (human female, tauren male, draenei female, orc female, dwarf female, etc etc)

But my Blood Elves need some love too! Yeah, not as much as the poor vanilla characters, but help.

Ferisar:

Smilomaniac:
Back when you encountered Night Elves in Warcraft 3, you got the impression that they were some seriously dangerous warriors that might be a real danger to the Orcs in hand to hand combat(specifically the women). I'm glad that they're regaining a bit of physical presence and savagery (especially if you consider the roar in one of the pictures). Now they just need to be a bit taller.

So, I did a look-see at the original post on the WoW site, and just realized that half the playerbase is losing their shit over the lack of fangs. I figure it's relevant enough to this comment. But yeah, they're still getting them. So, if scarier elves is what we want...

guess that's what we're getting

Since when did Nelfs have fangs? I have never heard or seen this before.

Cowabungaa:
The memory of 'that one Night Elf video' still haunts me.

You've gotten me really curious now.

Anyways, hopefully this reveal will go smoothly but i highly doubt it will. People on all sides tend lend too much scrutiny to things like this Hell, we already have someone saying that the added muscle tone might be a problem because it means people will go prancing their Nelf about in nothing but their small clothes. You just can't win.

Marginal improvements. There's the Blizzard I know.

Why does my Nightelf suddenly have meatier thighs?

String bikini evolved to Princess Leia slave-girl bikini. Good choice.

Damn She looks great.

I always kinda hated the stick-figure rubbish. I think they got a good balance here

SacremPyrobolum:

Since when did Nelfs have fangs? I have never heard or seen this before.

Since always, actually. They were more "pronounced canines" rather than straight-up vampire fangs, but there it is. It was never that pronounced though, and not very easy to see unless you are zoomed pretty closely. There's a fan theory that they're the left-overs from tusks as it's very much hinted that Night Elves are the descendants of Trolls who evolved due to their proximity to the original Well of Eternity.

...

I think I know too much WoW lore.

EDIT:
Also explains why the Blood Elves don't have them, since their migration away from the Well and a complete switch from nocturnal existence further removes most of their original traits outside of looking totes fab and having the elongated ears.

But really, why care about losing some fangs when you have the best hair ever, right?

Yeah.. pity all of that is gonna you know like be hidden under what ever armour you're wearing.

Seriously Blizzard why even bother?

Loving the new models, but they can't take too many liberties with musculature and such, since they are super careful not to deviate too much from the original models people have played for years. Which is both good and bad in some ways, I feel.

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