World of Warcraft's new Blood Elf look revealed

Blizzard has showcased the new look of the soon-to-be-upgraded Blood Elf. Which is a little awkward, really, given that many of the other character models are already in the game as part of the now-released Warlords of Draenor.

"We’re aware that it’s not ideal to see a mix of older player character models next to newer player character models," admits the Blizzard blog post, "especially when you happen to be a player of the Blood Elf variety."

Blizzard says that, while they don't have an exact ETA for the Blood Elf upgrade to go live, they hope they'll be able to wrap up the last remaining steps quickly.

In the meantime, here's what you can look forward to seeing:


"The Horde has classically been about brutes, blood, and thunder," writes senior artist Dusty Nolting. "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."


"The male Blood Elf already has a lot of character with his easily recognizable pose and stylish hair," writes senior artist Joe Keller. "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."


Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.
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