Graphics Comparison: New & Old Models in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Beta

How would your hero look in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor? Take a look at the new and improved character models of (in order): Gnomes, Human (Female), Dwarves, Draenei (Male), Night Elf (Female), Undead (Male), Tauren (Male), and Orcs. Please take note that the game is currently still in beta, and dances are included in the last half of the video!

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196 comments
klepp0906
klepp0906

They sure coulda done better. Barely any change at all :(. And no discernable change in the back ground. Gotta be able to support all the kids who don't even PC game though. Same demographic that helped blizzard ruin the entire genre. Course the same guys that are their meal ticket. Figured history would have taught us by now that doing something for money alone is called greed and is dispicable and leads to nothing good. Oh well. Once a real mmo which doesn't follow the faux mmo formula put forth by them launches - the last bit of mature coherent population left in this game will be gone and it will deteriorate the rest of the way.

Oh - and no worgen. Ugh. Or goblin for that matter :p or pandaren!

megakick
megakick

aren't the humans head sorta small? Time for WORLD of WARCRAFT II

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

what about WoWs ceremony??  Blizzard have to celebrate it.

BuBsay
BuBsay

I think a lot of people saying that it doesn't look great are missing the point. These are character models that are upgraded without producing a hit on performance.


Every Blizzard game (especially WoW) is pretty much designed to be able to run on a slightly warmed potato so as to attract the largest possible user base.

illness2006
illness2006

Gnome & orcs models are my Favourite.

bishop60
bishop60

i used to play wow for a while, and i very much enjoyed it. regardless of how old the graphics look, the world itself is awesome. i stopped playing years ago, but at least its standing strong. i honestly feel like it needs to go free to play. 40/50 bucks for expansions is kind ridiculous now, given that most of the expansions dont do much except add new areas, dungeons etc. i can assume it gets boring quick. But, i recently got guild wars 2, and its awesome as well. bought it on sale for 25 bucks, and i must say, im very impressed. I cant run in on the highest settings, only on custom, and it still looks good. it has the traditional mmo aspects, but with a twist. cant go wrong with no subscription.

TheBruuz
TheBruuz

Yeah, the head of the female human is a bit too small.

Otherwise, I like the improvements, especially to Tauren ;P

It's nice they still pour some love into this game, and I'll be there when Draenor comes out, but I'm eagerly awaiting the next gen MMORPG from Blizzard!

 

kalgert
kalgert

I feel like I was transported in to strip clubs during the Night Elf, Human and Orc Female sections...

ahpuck
ahpuck

Blizz supersized the Tauren to XXXL. Orcs are still the best dancers.

Great50
Great50

Hahaha the music with the dancing was dead on

ggregd
ggregd

Anyone else think the human women look worse?

nechiken
nechiken

WoW's art style is fantastic. It's aged exceptionally well

Shielder7
Shielder7

Still over the top gigantic hands with little heads that looks like a 2005 graphics card should be able to handle.


I've seen better graphics on the Wii U.................................

zizo490
zizo490

Thank god i quitted this game xD

Ballroompirate
Ballroompirate

Love it how they re did Draenei before Trolls, seriously F you Blizzard...

Max_160
Max_160

Some people say it still looks bad, other say it looks too good for WoW art style. This is why I feel bad for devs. But then again gamespot is plagued with trolls.

simsumre
simsumre

Undead looks exactly the same...

Regardless, as the comment below states, there are games on the market that look amazing and do character customization the right way. This is amateur by comparison, I honestly expect more out of Blizzard.

mirakodus123
mirakodus123

Really, that's all graphical improvements they can deliver after over 10 years... Take a look around how some Korean MMORPGs look like this days. Check Black Desert character creation as an example.

Gigga_Jabba
Gigga_Jabba

The most noticeable about the character models are facial animations and texture density. Especially in face, hands and probably feet, but it was not show. I'm very, very curious about the Troll update, the trolls have always looked way too bad. Need rest of the models on show damnit! >.<

Sikrion
Sikrion

Well I think this is a great way to prolong the life of WoW since its a game designed to run on as many computers possible.

They could release WoW2 but that would result in people saying "original WoW was soooooo much better" just like they say "early early days of WoW were soooo much better" when in reality WoW was always a mediocre mmo in a ugly shell.

If they released World of Starcraft along side WoW and made it a more serious and graphic intensive mmo aimed at a more hardcore community like most of us I think that would be fantastic. 

JimmyCos
JimmyCos

Worst expansion ever. It's more like a crappy DLC than an expansion. There aren't new races, or a new class, or a new city. WoW is dead

dreamreaver721
dreamreaver721

Yeah, if this is the best they can do, not impressive. Models actually look the same, it's their textures that look a tad more detailed. They move the same and look the same in proportion, so how is that "modeling" changes? It's texture map changes, not model changes. In other words, I see no higher polygon counts or smoother lines. Overall, who cares?

stormed81
stormed81

Why is the head on the human so small compared to the body? It looks way out of place. Also, the forearm for the humans and a few of the other models looks very disproportionate. Pretty sad that you can't get it right on a model redesign.

vadagar1
vadagar1

when i see face experssions in games like witcher 2 3 and TESO and many many others...


this just feels half -assed to me

halfacentaur
halfacentaur

@BuBsay You fanboys will come up with any sorry excuse to defend this nonsense. For this being a hugely marketed and advertised feature of the new expansion, it sure is a whole lot of nothing.

seishinkuma
seishinkuma

@Great50 I would of loved to hear Tunak Tunak Tun With the dreanai But it was pretty good


RoachRush
RoachRush

@ggregd They screwed up the scaling of her head for this preview. The final product should look much better. And they really need to add a little more booty to the Night Elf female, considering who they modeled that dance after.

Max_160
Max_160

@mirakodus123 It's not suppose to be too significant otherwise it'll hit many systems in framerate, and when there's 40-60 people battling it can dip pretty low. One of the reasons that so many play wow also is due to its easy playability even on oldest machines. The animations and models are very improved. Unless you don't pay attention to detail you won't notice. The models are smoothed out, skin has much more 3d detail, and the face actually moves mouth, eyes, and brows to show expression, something that is very nice. Bliz could've easily went step further but than they would lose the art style as well as some of the consumers who have older systems, which is a lot. And this is why I love WoW, it can achieve incredible scenery with graphics that don't stress your system, they use harmony in combination of colors, lighting, and texture which avoids anything they're not trying to be.

Xenro4
Xenro4

@JimmyCos There are new "cities" and your own customizable base.

ricardo_tuba
ricardo_tuba

@JimmyCos Yeah. WoW is dead. It's just the most sucessful MMORPG that ever existed. Right.

gnookergi
gnookergi

@JimmyCos

"Wow is dead"


Yeah, I haven't heard that one before. I definitely didn't hear it in 2007, 2008, 2010 or 2012. Nope.

Xenro4
Xenro4

@dreamreaver721 There are like 3x more polygons in some of them. They went over it in detail.

xr3db34rdx
xr3db34rdx

@vadagar1 considering teso died within a month and witcher isnt even an mmo lmao

Max_160
Max_160

@vadagar1 It's not wise comparing WoW art style to Witcher and TESO. It's like making WoW with CRYENGINE graphics which would completely defeat the lore feeling of WoW. Plus the reason WoW also has a large subscribtion base is because people can play it on older machines. Graphics are not all to games, and if they are than GW2, TESO, and many other beautiful MMOs would've taken over, but this is far from the truth. 

BuBsay
BuBsay

Pointing out the obvious makes me a fanboy? Hell I stopped playing years ago, not a very good fanboy am I?

halfacentaur
halfacentaur

@RoachRush @ggregd that's funny. Her tits are noticeably smaller. I wonder if it's because of all of the stupid backlash game developers keep getting from feminazis.

Her head looked fine.

simsumre
simsumre

@Max_160 @mirakodus123 You can't hold back games just so people playing on their Apple 2 can still play. Gaming is not cheap, never has been. People need to learn that they can't still play games on their Best Buy computer that's a decade old.

JimmyCos
JimmyCos

@gnookergi @ricardo_tuba don't get so mad, i've been a player since 2005. But now it's too obvious, there are fewer players and Blizzard needed to revive the game with a decent expansion. And this isn't even near decent compared to the past expansions.

Shielder7
Shielder7

@simsumre @Max_160 @mirakodus123 

It's at the point now where it's not holding back for wider player base sake.  This is just laziness it has to be they could triple what they did and a 300$ pre-made laptop could probably run it without much trouble.

legamurfacexd
legamurfacexd

@simsumre @Max_160 @mirakodus123 That's how it's been all of this previous generation and all it will be this generation, consoles limitations are what is holding graphics back. Gaming has went from a hobby for people with money and time to the masses of meme spouting (i know this is ironic, me saying this) plebians who only have 5 minutes to stand in the fire. You can't expect this game that was always made for the lesser caste of people to suddenly improve their graphics ten fold.

You get minor improvements due to demand but not overly so.
You get all of your abilities reduced to console levels of complexity.
Stripped down garrisons.
Very few raids and dungeons, maybe not the least in the history of the game but it's a sad amount given the success and manpower they have compared to 10 years ago.

Call it Warlords of Draenor and charge 50 dollars for it. This "expansion" has filler written all over it.

gnookergi
gnookergi

@simsumre

Who says that everyone has access to new gaming equipment? You?


LOL.


RoachRush
RoachRush

@gnookergi @simsumre Exactly. You people have no say on what others can do with their computer equipment. A lot of people I know that are playing on WoW live very modestly and can't afford newer computer parts.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

@gnookergi @simsumre In honesty, he does have a point. If your PC is a decade old, it's probably time for a modest upgrade.

xtne
xtne

@RoachRush @gnookergi @simsumre Blizzard has every capability to add a graphics option for certain players to enable an "HD Texture pack". People who dont want to upgrade their computer or dont care about graphics can still play the game with the vanilla graphics. Most people who say they dont want to upgrade their computers say they dont care about graphics anyway. so why not have an HD texture pack for people who do?