New character models are in the works

One of the most interesting tidbits dropped during the World of Warcraft Open Q&A is a note concerning new character models for the game’s older races. If you’ve played the game for any length of time, it’s instantly obvious that not all character models are created equal, and the game’s earliest races are in a pretty sorry state in comparison to their later counterparts. As we learned in the art panel, the male pandaren has 10 times the number of digital “bones” possessed by the game’s older races, allowing them an unprecedented number of fluid and dynamic animations. As Milka, one of our commenters, just noted, “I heard that they’re creating animated belts. My troll woman still can’t blink. Result: My belt will be more expressive than my face.”

Players have been asking for updates to older races as a result, and developers have confirmed that they are in the works and being actively designed by the character artists. However, they don’t want to put something in the game that feels like a betrayal to a character that you’ve had for years, so they’re proceeding carefully. There’s no word yet on when we can expect to see them, but it’s good news for everyone who’d like their older toons to look as good as their newer ones!

Edit: Zarhym has just posted on the forums clarifying the information given at BlizzCon, although there’s no new information to share.

The news is out — we’ll be playing Mists of Pandaria! Find out what’s in store with an all-new talent system, peek over our shoulder at our Pandaren hands-on, and get ready to battle your companion pets against others. It’s all here right at WoW Insider!

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