Following Blizzard’s controversial Draenei model April Fools’ Day joke, the developer has now revealed what the actual model will look like.
As part of the game’s upcoming expansion, Warlords of Draenor, each of the game’s races will be getting a complete model upgrade. Previously shown models include the male Tauren, female human, and female dwarf.
“The original female Draenei has some fairly extreme posing that happens when she’s animated. If you were to see the static model of the original without any posing you’d see that it looks very similar to the new one,” Senior Art Director Chris Robinson wrote. “With her pose applied her shoulders stretch backward, her pelvis rotates forward, and her chin lowers—causing her head to angle downwards.
“The curvature in her lower back, and why the head shape looks slightly different, are also due to the new model not having the same posing applied yet. She also looks a lot taller! Ultimately all of those things will be addressed when we animate the new model, they just don’t take place until she’s rigged and sent on to the animation team.”
Warlords of Draenor is currently available to pre-purchase and is set to release this fall.