Blizzard has offered a look at the updated Tauren model for World of Warcraft that will be made available with the release of the game’s next expansion, Warlords of Draenor.
“Before we even started animating him, we already knew the Tauren was going to be a blast to work on based on all of the detail the character art team added,” Steve Aguilar, lead animator for World of Warcraft, wrote on the Battle.net blog. “As we begin applying animations, we’re extra careful not to stray too far from the original.
“It’s important to us to retain the essence of the original animations, because how a characters walk, move, and carry themselves help to define their personality. We use all of the original animations as a starting point, and then go through the process of cleaning them up and adding additional articulation.
All of World of Warcraft‘s races will be getting a similar upgrade with the expansion, which will also raise the level cap to 100, add new perks and talents, and add WoW’s take on player housing, Garrisons.
You can check out videos above and below of the new model in action.