World of Warcraft female Orc character revamp revealed

Blizzard unveils new look and facial animations for popular character, which focuses more on her "warrior" side than current model.

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Blizzard Entertainment today revealed the World of Warcraft female Orc character revamp, showing off what the popular character will look like when the Warlords of Draenor expansion arrives. It is the second character revision Blizzard has showed off to date, following the female human.

World of Warcraft senior art director Chris Robinson explained in a blog post that the new character model focuses more on her "warrior" side.

"That means moving away from the more doe-eyed version we know now toward a character you would expect to see fighting on the front lines alongside any of her Horde brothers and sisters," he said.

Some of the female Orc's new facial animations.

Lead animator Steve Aguilar said the original female Orc's facial expression is "pretty much a blank stare" and that had to be changed. He said the female Orc should now have more of an "edge" and you should be able to feel her "Don't mess with me!" attitude.

Character artist Dusty Nolting explained that Blizzard began by using the original female Orc as a starting point to make sure that her silhouette and proportions remained intact. The overarching goal for the new model was to update her look with "much higher fidelity" while retaining her classic look.

Do you think Blizzard pulled it off? Let us know in the comments below.

Finally, Robinson pointed out that Blizzard's goals for the World of Warcraft character revamps is to upgrade the aspects of player character models that currently exist in the game. This approach means you shouldn't expect drastic changes, but rather visual improvements and new animations. That said, Robinson explained that Blizzard reads fan ideas and did not rule out bringing some of the "coolest ideas" to the game someday if possible.

Blizzard announced during BlizzCon in November that it plans to update all eight of the original World of Warcraft races, as well as Draenei and Blood Elves. To achieve the level of graphical fidelity Blizzard is aiming for, developers are increasing the polygon count significantly (in some cases this means going from fewer than 1,000 to over 5,000), doubling texture resolution, increasing bone count, and retouching almost every animation. Some of the new character models will be available when upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor launches, but Blizzard hasn't yet said which will be ready for release.

Warlords of Draenor is World of Warcraft's fifth main expansion, following The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), and Mists of Pandaria (2012). In addition to the character model revamps, the expansion introduces seven new zones, raises the level cap to 100, and allows you to boost one character automatically to level 90.

Discussion

102 comments
Boogy32
Boogy32

I don't like women that are more buffed than me. Not even if it is an Orc.

lostn
lostn

Massive breasts for someone this ripped. You'd think there'd be pecs.

Bowser05
Bowser05

You know, it's funny that people keep picking apart WoW because it is using an old engine. I'd like to ask though, how many long running MMOs do you see that actually take the time to make these kinds of improvements over the life of its game? Certainly none of the games I've played (Guild Wars, FFXI, Everquest...for example) that I can remember. People will whine and attack all they want, but the fact is WoW has been around for a long time for good reason. It's because they try to adapt, change and provide new experiences with every expansion. Regardless of whether we LIKE these experiences or not, they are at least taking the right steps to assure we get some new types of experiences every time.


I really like the model revisions I've seen so far. It feels far more appropriate than the originals (well...technically the ones they are showing as originals are revisions as well).

ZombieVirolina
ZombieVirolina

WoW news!  Everyone have a safe and happy 2006!

Dexyu
Dexyu

Plizz WC4 alrdy

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Blizzard please port WoW on XBL so i play it with my friends.

dipdish
dipdish

Females in games have to be sexy, even if they're in orc forms. Funny.

Paulf001
Paulf001

Yea that makes so much sense putting fangs in a bra.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

'Popular character'? The female Orc is probably the rarest toon in the game. She's by far the ugliest looking and sounding choice in the game. My old guild would never even bring one to a raid.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

They already have Kung Fu Panda, might as well invite Shrek into the mix.

wexorian
wexorian

It's really funny how they complain that they don't have time to change things in game, like they don't have money to do so, They are greedy and don't want to spend extra money to fix things in game, even those new models it took 10 year to make new one ......... That's why i dropped game they don't give f about what players want, low population realms still aint fixed ,  game is too easy, content is too small and easy to get bored, they care for money only.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Ya guess what...The fact you guys want to make microtransactions MACROtransactions this is completlye NULL AND VOID.  Fuck blizzard, fuck activision, fuck Blaaaahctivision and FUUUUUCK Warcrap.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

I just can't stomach those paper-thin textures for clothing. It's not 2004 anymore, Blizzard.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

I find it odd that there are still people out there playing this game. Then again, I never actually played the game, but you'd think people would move on after that much time. Like, I played Runescape back then and loved it, but I moved on. I guess it doesn't help that the game went to absolute shit, but still.

RobDev
RobDev

princess fiona's been hitting the gym.

darkrayne
darkrayne

There was a video that showed the male humans and orcs as well.. so it's not the second they have shown off.

deth420
deth420

the question is, are they adding independent breast giggling?

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

It is awfully time for a WoW 2.0? Agree? I mean.. with these modern PC's and the cheap Nvidia 750ti coming why not? A new WoW is what should be.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@3dmatrixgamer Please Blizzard make it PS4 so we know we will have the best frame rates and resolution possible with a console that let's us use Keyboards and mice freely and won't force us to pay 10 for their services on top of the subscription fee.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@dipdish It's the natural order of things, a fanbase needs a fapbase.

septula86
septula86

@Sevenizz  what?  the orc has the best pve racial for the horde... it would be kind of dumb on your raid leader's part to opt out of bringing them just because they look how they're supposed to look.  when i joined my first hardcore raiding guild, my raid leader wouldn't take me unless I race changed to orc, and the dps boost was actually quite apparent.  the orc females are not supposed to be frail or weak, that's why 'strength and honor' is one of their most commonly used phrases.  according to lore, if an orc was born looking 'pale or weak' they would be killed. 

hXcShock
hXcShock

@Sevenizz  Orc females are rather common, Tauren and Dwarf females are easily the rarest.

Link3301
Link3301

Yeah it not like Orcs are from lord of the rings and pandaren were made by Blizzard more than 5 years before Kung Fu Panda.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@DinoBuster Considering Pandaren are previous to kung-fu Panda I would say you should update such a burned up joke.
Also, do yourself the favor play Warcraft III...

Link3301
Link3301

What is a macro transaction? Is that like buying 10 copies of the game or something?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@xeoneex66 I think you mistyped "youtube" in your browser. Unintelligent rants got there, not here

BattleStarX
BattleStarX

@deth420  Considering how the word jiggle gets censored on the WoW forums, even when talking about male pandaren bellies (which do jiggle,) I don't think we'll see and over-emphasis to "jiggle physics" on the ladies.

Link3301
Link3301

If there is a wow 2.0, it will be nothing like WoW. Making a game that is similar to WoW will just cut the fanbase in half. Meaning Blizzard will be stuck spending more to generate the same amount of revenue.

xan114
xan114

@Vlad_an_impaler  this has been said before and is a stupid comment. millions of people still play wow, and the game is not only great to look at, but still extremely demanding on maximum settings. i have a 6core cpu, 12gb ram and a 660gtx and i get 30fps when doing 25-man raids in wow on high settings. 


we dont need wow 2.0 yet, this version still has a good year or two left in it. and besides, blizzard have their 'new' mmo prioritised.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I guess it depends on your server. On Sonemaul US they are rare.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

@Warlord_Irochi @DinoBusterI have played Warcraft 3. And I don't know...regardless of the actual chronological ordering of the character's existence, The Kung Fu Panda joke still makes me laugh. It defies the facts! Now THATS how you know it's funny.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@klonoa53 @Kinguard73@3dmatrixgamer LOL aww did I hit a sore spot with you? Put on your big boy short little girl. Truth hurts. Might as well get used to it.

Your insults don't do anything anymore than mine did to you. The only issue is how badly you insulted yourself and what you support in the attempt.

All you did was amuse me and makes me want to play with you like the little doll you are so respond and dance like my puppet. That is the only purpose you have in life apparently so might as well do your job.