Microsoft’s Xbox Live Avatar revamp finally has a release window, just a few months behind schedule.
While Microsoft originally intended for the new Avatar system to appear before the end of 2017, the company missed that target. Now, it’s been revealed that the upgraded Avatars are currently being used by Xbox employees. Xbox Insider Program members and Xbox Alpha testers will have the chance to preview the Avatars later this month, and the upgrade as a whole is expected to roll out to everyone in April.
These new Avatars were first shown off at E3 2017. In addition to an upgraded art style (say goodbye to the blocky-headed look of past Avatars), the new Avatars have a heavy focus on diversity. Prosthetic limbs, different body types, wheelchairs, and a whole host of other new customization options and props like motorbikes and skateboards will appear with the new update.
Microsoft also plans to launch a new Avatar store in May, which will let Xbox Live users purchase additional props, clothing, and customization options for their Avatars. According to The Verge, the new Avatars are created with the Unity engine, which should make it easier for Microsoft and third-party developers to build props and additional customization options for the Avatars.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed the exact date this Avatar program update will arrive, so stay tuned for updates as April draws closer.
Source: The Verge