Those planning on playing the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, shouldn't expect a drop in performance with the release of new upgraded character models to the game, Blizzard community manager Taepsilum said in a recent forum post.
The new expansion will apply additional polygons and textures to character models and armor, as well as to the surrounding geometry of raids and bosses — all of which mean more processing power will be required; however, Blizzard plans to implement performance improvements for add-ons that process combat data and other stats. The development team will also reduce the amount of visual clutter that is visible during fights where groups of players are involved.
"Client performance is something we care about a lot," reads the post. "It doesn't matter how well-designed an encounter is: you aren't going to have fun raiding at 8 FPS. We want everyone to be able to enjoy playing with the new models, and our dev team is working hard making sure that WoW is as resource efficient as possible in order for that to happen."
Responding to a user asking whether a new PC will be required to run the game more efficiently, Taepsilum writes: "I'd say that you shouldn't be worried about any big drop in performance; things will most likely remain very close to what you are experiencing right now. So if you're satisfied with what you have right now, then there shouldn't be any need to change anything."
Warlords of Draenor will launch this fall. The expansion will take place in the home world of the orc and draenei races, Draenor, and feature a new level cap of 100, additional dungeons and raids, improved character models and animations and more.