For the release of its latest World of Warcraft expansion, Blizzard overhauled the game's character models to reflect the ever-changing visuals of its massive multiplayer online game. But the game's new Blood Elves have lagged behind other races, and didn't arrive with Warlords of Draenor earlier this month. Now we finally get a look at the revamped Blood Elf.
In a new post of the official World of Warcraft site, Blizzard say it's working "diligently" to get its new Blood Elf models into the game, which you can see below.
"We don't have an exact ETA for when you'll see these in-game, but we're happy with the direction of this update with regards to the model and textures," the developer says. "We're now focusing on model and texture variations, as well as rigging and animating. We've streamlined the process quite a bit, so hopefully (knock on wood) those things will go smoothly and we'll be able to roll these out quickly."
Senior artist Dusty Nolting explains the revamped female Blood Elf model, noting that the race brings "a bit of subtlety" to the brutish Horde.
"For the female specifically, something we did often was move things around in small but deliberate increments, to make sure everything was just right," Nolting said. "It's the delicate details like her nose shape or fingertips that represent the most challenging parts of upgrading the female."
For the male Blood Elf, senior artist Joe Keller says the developer focused on his "easily recognizable pose and stylish hair" while tweaking his hair, facial features and anatomy. He's also the recipient of some nicely ornamented undergarments.
For more on World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, check out Polygon's Overview video.