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World of Warcraft's new female Night Elf model revealed

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The Warlords of Draenor expansion will replace all of World of Warcraft's old, pointy player models. We've seen orcs , dwarves (opens in new tab) , and now Blizzard has revealed the new female Night Elves on its blog (opens in new tab) . "The Night Elves have such a distinct but subtle character," writes Lead Character Artist Tyson Murphy, "and we spent a lot of effort in trying to help that come through."

To me, it looks a lot like the original Night Elf model, but with more polygons, more muscles, and better textures—but I don't have an expertly trained eye for character modeling subtleties. For instance, I never would've been able to tell you that they've "taken care to fully integrate the ears into the geometry" or that they've added "a very slight point to her nails to provide just a hint of a more feral nature."

The details aside, though, this is a Night Elf model with more polygons, more muscles, and better textures—and it does look good. See the whole break-down in the official blog post (opens in new tab) .

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Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.