Revamped World of Warcraft Human Male Looks a Lot More … Human

Blizzard releases first images of in-progress version of updated Human male model and reveals details about starting zone for Warlords of Draenor.

Blizzard Entertainment has released the first images of the revamped Human male character model that you'll find in MMO World of Warcraft when the Warlords of Draenor expansion hits this fall. The game's current Human male model has received a great deal of criticism for its "odd proportions and face geometry," but that's all been fixed, Blizzard said in a post on its website.

"We've taken great care to ensure we're not changing so much that he looks completely unlike anything you'd expect, while also correcting some of the more glaring problems," World of Warcraft art director Chris Robinson writes. "We hope you enjoy the results!"

Blizzard's overall goal for its character model revamps is to honor the style of the original, while at the same time boosting fidelity and fixing issues with the past designs. Personally, I think the new Human male looks like Shrek's human form in the movie Shrek 2. That's OK, I guess.

All eight of World of Warcraft's original playable races, as well as the Draenei and Blood Elves, will get character model overhauls in the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. However, it's unclear which races will be available when the expansion launches later this year. The fact that the new models have more polygons and animation effects might mean that you'll need a better PC to run World of Warcraft in the future, but Blizzard isn't sure about this just yet.

Blizzard has already released renders of the revamped versions of Orcs, Taurens, Draenei, and Night Elves, as well as the Human female. Robinson adds that Blizzard is expecting some of these in-progress models to start appearing in the Warlords of Draenor alpha test "soon."

In other World of Warcraft news, Blizzard recently published a blog post regarding the Warlords of Draenor starting zone, the Tanaan Jungle. Here's how Blizzard sets things up:

"In primordial Tanaan, even the plants have teeth. Darkling fronds stab out at unlucky wanderers, or conceal canyons that plunge miles deep beneath the canopy--and these are far from the jungle's worst dangers. Each day, warlords fell even wider stretches of Tanaan’s wilderness, striving to finally rend the gates of space and time for conquest unending."

Warlords of Draenor is World of Warcraft's fifth expansion, following The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), and Mists of Pandaria (2012). It comes with an instant character boost to level 90, which you can unlock right now by pre-purchasing the expansion. By Blizzard's latest count, World of Warcraft has 7.6 million subscribers, far outpacing any other subscription-based MMO on the market.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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80 comments
skizerz
skizerz

Newer mmo's barely keep 250k players for like 3 months and wow is holding steady at 8 million players after 9 years. So people commenting "lol people still play this" are obviously out of touch.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

i m not preparing for WoD but rather than too much excited for WoWs decades anniversary i will celebrate it with my friends including gf and there will be a carnival where all we have too much beer and a dance party.

morderwrath
morderwrath

7.6 mill subs a month and dropping, i can tell you Blizz is working on some single player gaming right now(wishful speculation) and it will be good..:) Wake me up on Mmo's when WoW 2 comes out.I would like Blizz to team up with WoTC on D&D personally-that would be an awesome team up and badass game...1st to 40th level open world RPG(one can dream, right?) anyways good night all..

morderwrath
morderwrath

After they nerfed the warrior class too many times that was it for me, ultra geared non tanks that tank better was just annoying...Goodbye WoW,Hello single player gaming..

thegroveman
thegroveman

Did Scott Bakula lend his likeness to the top example? 

lilflipp
lilflipp

Dang look at how those nipples stretch. Those are legit nipple physics right there.

DKRises
DKRises

When was this? "Robinson adds that Blizzard is expecting some of these in-progress models to start appearing in the Warlords of Draenor alpha test "soon." "


I just received a Beta invite to the game today which says it goes live today at 2:00PM PDT

AK1015
AK1015

Looks pretty good. I like the new facial animations. That was 1 of many things I felt WoW needed graphically.

Bili5
Bili5

Wow. Almost XXI century graphics.

mattcake
mattcake

That's human is it? Guess I didn't eat enough greens as a kid then.

Renunciation
Renunciation

So THIS is what that old White Zombie song "More Human Than Human" was all about.  How prophetic.

calamityo
calamityo

Two words: LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRROYYYYYYYYYYYYYY JENKINS!!!!.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Poor guy - his pen1s shrunk.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Many have tried and failed - but it'll still be a while till someone can dethrone WoW.

hansbeej
hansbeej

Big improvement, but still cave mannish. 

toffifee
toffifee

Hairy chests!! Haleluja!

barleybosh
barleybosh

I like them. I don't play anymore. I would if everyone was reset to level 1 and world of warcraft started all over as a new vanilla wow with the new character models and hud and fixed trees and skills. Let us slowly progress together again. GLOBAL RESTART, GLOBAL RESTART!!!

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

What are you doin in ma swamp?!

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

Looks decent compared to the old one but my god, those eyebrows need fixing.

pignugget
pignugget

Dumb ape man for dumb ape man game. Ugg.

CatAtomic999
CatAtomic999

It's about time, Jesus. WoW has the derpiest looking male human in any online game that I've ever seen-- and I remember it moved really horribly, too. This looks a lot better.

edant79
edant79

.....I like his nipples.

coop36
coop36

Is there a reason they dont just release a new World of Warcraft? I mean surely they can only release so many Expansions and updates like this before people lose interest?

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Considering how much the original models had dog-like faces, I'll take the new ones.

Neostalk
Neostalk

Wreck-it Ralph is that you?

stlmemrie
stlmemrie

@skizerz I stopped playing after the first 4 years. Even so, no one can deny it's longevity and relevancy 9 years later.

skizerz
skizerz

Who said it was dropping? Their subs are rising actually. Every expansion people like you say the same thing over and over, yet the game remains here. It's not going anywhere any time soon.

thegroveman
thegroveman

@Sevenizz Vanguard will kill WoW.  Warhammer will kill WoW, Age of Conan will kill WoW!  What the failed to notice is that WoW killed WoW.

JimboXXL
JimboXXL

@Sevenizz i think there are some better games then wow, they are just too simmilar. After having characters with 200 days played in WoW every MMORPG feels more or less like your doing the exact same thing for the 100th time... MMORPG is no more for us oldtimers sadly...

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

@hansbeej Wouldn't be a warcraft human if it didn't look a bit like a derpy peasant :P

cablemodemx2
cablemodemx2

@pignugget Well, at least they seem to be trying to update the graphics into the early 2000's.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@coop36 Why? They still have all these addicts subscribed to the game after all these years. Blizzard could just let the game run by itself and these people would still pay for it.

golemoy
golemoy

@coop36 idk. 10 milion players still subbed to WoW?  50% of people plays wow on laptops who can only run old games like wow, they wouldn't upgrade to wow2. Pointless.

vegard1985
vegard1985

@thegroveman Old comment, but.. Quite right. WoW has lost that feel that made it great. In my opinion it was at its peak around the Burning Crusade expansion. Still, I'll try WoD and see how it is, play for a month or two before I shelf it again.

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

@JimboXXL @Sevenizz Actually... mmm yeah, nope, I just need one I think is worth it enough to play. On FFXIV right now, super fun and all, gameplay's still slower and clunkier than wow's tho :S The end game feels like a bunch of self-copy-pasta-in too :S Hopefully WoD will have good dungeons and raids ^^'

pignugget
pignugget

@loobarlow @pignugget Oops, I should leave that to Blizzard, right? It's their job to overgeneralize men's fantasies to return to his primal self. Perhaps you fit the demographic.

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

@Tiwill44 @coop36 Actually the subs go down if they don't release anything new for a few months... infact playing FFXIV now instead while waiting on WoD...