Blizzard has shown off its new Tauren female model for World of Warcraft that will be added as part of the game’s Warlords or Draenor expansion.
With the expansion each of the game’s races will be getting a complete character model overhaul to increase texture quality and polygon count. With the Tauren model Blizzard has added “a lot of detail to her hair, fur, horns, and hooves, to build a far more detailed and expressive face,” according to senior art director Chris Robinson.
“The original female Tauren had a lot of issues with too-angular geometry and stretched-out textures,” he wrote. “It’s not her fault—it’s just what we had available to us at the time. Our new process has allowed us to add a lot of detail to her hair, fur, horns, and hooves, to build a far more detailed and expressive face, and to add a lot of definition to her musculature (while retaining her shape and silhouette).
“One other change of note: Warcraft character design is commonly known for its stylized long arms, large hands, and big feet, but the female Tauren’s hands were just completely out of control. We brought them down to a more consistent size with the other updated models, and were also able to add a ton more detail and dexterity in the process.”
Warlords of Draenor is currently in closed beta testing and is expected to launch by the end of this year.