World of Warcraft's Blood Elves Are Finally Getting Their Visual Update

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World of Warcraft's Blood Elves Are Finally Getting Their Visual Update

Blood Elves will finally be joining the other "classic" World of Warcraft races with a visual update.

Way back when World of Warcraft: Warlords of Dreanor was first announced, one of the features Blizzard promised was a visual update of all the "classic" races - that is, Taurens, Orcs, Undead, Trolls, Gnomes, Dwarves, Humans, Night Elves, Draenei and Blood Elves. By the time the game had launched, every class had received its visual update and looked glorious... except for those poor Blood Elves, who were still stuck in 2007.

Now, Blizzard has finally revealed to us what the updated Blood Elves will look like... although it has neglected to give us an exact ETA of when the models will go live. First, let's check out the new Blood Elf female model (click to enlarge):

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Here's what Blizzard Senior Artist Dusty Nolting had to say about her:

The Horde has classically been about brutes, blood, and thunder. The Blood Elves bring a bit of subtlety to the Horde, and I think that was one of the most important aspects of the Blood Elves to maintain. For the female specifically, something we did often was move things around in small but deliberate increments, to make sure everything was just right. It's the delicate details like her nose shape or fingertips that represent the most challenging parts of upgrading the female.

Now, let's take a look at the new Blood Elf male (click to enlarge):

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And here's what Blizzard Senior Artist Joe Kelle has to say about him:

The male Blood Elf already has a lot of character with his easily recognizable pose and stylish hair. Our update just gives us a chance to define and focus on that. His anatomy, facial features, and hair will all get an update while still maintaining his iconic look, bringing him to the level of the other new character models.

So, Blood Elves, the most beautiful and fabulous of our Horde brethren, rejoice! Your visual update is coming soon.

Source: Blizzard

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Topic talks about "blood elf male", but all I see are two blood elf female models.

What are those legendary blood elf males, and where can I find them?

Relevant: http://www.wowhead.com/quest=27715

That is one Fabio blood elf.

Dear Blizzard,

Please increase the weapon size on Blood Elf female character models. My 2 handed mace looks like a stick I picked up off the ground.

Sincerely, VanQ.

P.S. That Female Blood elf thong makes me feel oppressed and triggered. I don't like it. Change it.

I still prefer my Draenei, Human and Dwarf.

Hey, the Blood Elf females aren't sticks any more? This is a good change.

Looks good. In before the female model causes a shitstorm because Blizzard dared make it look sexy in underwear.

I remember when there was only orcs, and humans, and I liked it!

Kids these days with their iPads, and canned cheese.

That's right, Warcraft 1

Get on my level, scrubs!

So the Blood Elf ladies show more butt, and the Blood Elf males now actually have butts.

Evil Smurf:
I remember when there was only orcs, and humans, and I liked it!

Kids these days with their iPads, and canned cheese.

That's right, Warcraft 1

Get on my level, scrubs!

Son, I remember watching the opening cinematic for Warcraft: Orcs and Humans back when those were SWEET graphics.

Just look at those polygons! There are like... tens of them!

That emasculated male character is awful, it looks like they purposefully gave it penectomy. Why does the female blood elf have its main external gender attributes appear to be intact yet the male one would make a Ken doll in pants look like Ron Jeremy in comparison?

I'm not hugely excited for this, because while the Draenei came out okay, what they did to the Human females was fucking atrocious. I had this great female warrior that had this angry face, but it was striking, like a well drawn superheroine and the new models took that awesome look and butt-fucked it something fierce.

Evil Smurf:
I remember when there was only orcs, and humans, and I liked it!

Kids these days with their iPads, and canned cheese.

That's right, Warcraft 1

Get on my level, scrubs!

Dimitriov:
Son, I remember watching the opening cinematic for Warcraft: Orcs and Humans back when those were SWEET graphics.

Just look at those polygons! There are like... tens of them!

That video brought back memories, thanks Dimitriov :)

It always amazes me how much WoW players BAW about any changes made to their game. Actually, they also BAW when things stay the same.
I don't know if there is a category of gamers who complain more than WoW's.

I think it's a good update. I never noticed (having never rolled male BE) that they never had nipples.

I will say what I said on the WoW forums about this: the artcraft isn't really a good representative of what the final model will feel like. Remember how everybody was loving the Artcraft Human Female? Yep, now the reaction to her model is filled with disgust despite her not looking all that different from what the Artcraft promised. I personally like the Human Female but still, that's the public reaction.

My main is a Pandaren female so get on my level, lesser races

Quite glad I used my 90 boost on a BElf mage I'd created a few years back.

I mean...look at that......um...h-hair?

Motherofgodthebum. THEBUM.

Ahem. In all seriousness, the hair looks great. Much better than my Draenei and Night Elves anyway. Don't even get me started on the sorry state those two races' respective faces are in. Not to mention the changes to NElf chests that borked older armors AND the bugged Draenei eyes that no longer glow...and the duck face.

Ugh.

Evonisia:
I will say what I said on the WoW forums about this: the artcraft isn't really a good representative of what the final model will feel like. Remember how everybody was loving the Artcraft Human Female? Yep, now the reaction to her model is filled with disgust despite her not looking all that different from what the Artcraft promised. I personally like the Human Female but still, that's the public reaction.

My main is a Pandaren female so get on my level, lesser races

The only ones I can remember being different enough to disappoint me were the orc females. The remodeled hair was waaaay better in the art preview than what we have in the game now. Not sure why they changed it...

OT: I really like what I'm seeing so far. My warrior chick's gonna be smokin'.

J Tyran:
That emasculated male character is awful, it looks like they purposefully gave it penectomy. Why does the female blood elf have its main external gender attributes appear to be intact yet the male one would make a Ken doll in pants look like Ron Jeremy in comparison?

Are you seriously complaining about the male elf's ju... (checks picture)...
Huh. You know, you're right... It's like there's nothing there at all... XD

All these new models seem like a vast improvement over the old ones though I've not been back in wow for mmm 6 or 8 months now? so I've no clue how they appear in game. As someone who tended to stick to male characters in heavy armor wearing helmets all the time though I'm more interested in the animation improvements than the visual ones.

I can see they put the extra polys to good use. I haven't played WoW in... I don't know how long, I quit about 2 months ofter Lich King came out. Do the robes still look like they have been animated as if they were glued to the legs, or or they using proper cloth physics?

Fappy:

Evonisia:
I will say what I said on the WoW forums about this: the artcraft isn't really a good representative of what the final model will feel like. Remember how everybody was loving the Artcraft Human Female? Yep, now the reaction to her model is filled with disgust despite her not looking all that different from what the Artcraft promised. I personally like the Human Female but still, that's the public reaction.

My main is a Pandaren female so get on my level, lesser races

The only ones I can remember being different enough to disappoint me were the orc females. The remodeled hair was waaaay better in the art preview than what we have in the game now. Not sure why they changed it...

OT: I really like what I'm seeing so far. My warrior chick's gonna be smokin'.

On the bright side they didn't get turned into chihuahua's instead of fierce looking female werewolves like the worgen did. I'm hoping they'll properly finish the lacking parts of the rest of the models as well soon as some of the animations on the faces are really really -really- bad.

At least belves look nice so far and like now have some meat on their bones!

Li Mu:
It always amazes me how much WoW players BAW about any changes made to their game. Actually, they also BAW when things stay the same.
I don't know if there is a category of gamers who complain more than WoW's.

I think it's a good update. I never noticed (having never rolled male BE) that they never had nipples.

I would say the gamers who complain about WoW in general are probably on par with WoW complainers. Of course, I could be wrong. I stopped going into WoW forums a long time ago; almost gave me a brain hemorrhage the last couple times.

It seems the face got worse.

CrystalShadow:

J Tyran:
That emasculated male character is awful, it looks like they purposefully gave it penectomy. Why does the female blood elf have its main external gender attributes appear to be intact yet the male one would make a Ken doll in pants look like Ron Jeremy in comparison?

Are you seriously complaining about the male elf's ju... (checks picture)...
Huh. You know, you're right... It's like there's nothing there at all... XD

It pretty much confirms my assumptions about elves all along. But yeah, the male elves have no ass or junk. Maybe it makes it easier to dodge animation problems but it still looks weird.

Looks pretty good. I wondered how they were going to go about updating the blood elf model since, by design they're already kinda smooth and featureless when compared to the other Horde races.

While I admit I'd have preferred the Forsaken models to look a little more stylized I'm still landing on the positive side for all of the Horde model updates. The Orcs and Tauren look amazing and the Trolls and Forsaken got a lot of good little graphical updates to make them stand out a bit more.

I haven't paid much attention to the Alliace updates other than the Draenei (which looks better than I expected). I'm sure the Regular, Small and Fun Size human models are fine, as are the blue humans.

Broderick:

I would say the gamers who complain about WoW in general are probably on par with WoW complainers. Of course, I could be wrong. I stopped going into WoW forums a long time ago; almost gave me a brain hemorrhage the last couple times.

That's a good point actually. There are those who complain about WOW and play it and those who complain about WOW and don't play. WOW seems to just create drama by existing. Ahaha.
I played WoW upto and including Cata and generally enjoyed myself. But eventually I found that it had become overly easy. I was a casual player who couldn't PVP for shit. The changes they made meant that my OP druid could beat anyone with ease. If someone like me could win at PVP there was something drastically wrong with the balance. What turned me off the most was the fact that it had become 'easymode'. As far as I'm concerned, casual players shouldn't be able to get the best gear. By the time I quit, everyone was wearing the exact same top tier gear which was stupidly easy to get.

That said, I still have a fond spot for the game. I don't know if they've rebalanced the game to make it less 'easymode'. I hope they have.

It'll probably look no different in game, or horrible in a "cut scene" just like all the rest.

Diddy_Mao:
While I admit I'd have preferred the Forsaken models to look a little more stylized I'm still landing on the positive side for all of the Horde model updates.

I'm still kinda hoping Undead will get a bunch more features... I want one where one eye is just a big socket in the skull, stuff like that. There's so much variety you can do with a race of basically-zombies but all we get is a few varieties of jawbone? Boring.

As for this update, I like it. The male no longer has bizarre looking back muscles and a lack of nipples, the female is no longer as scrawny looking. The new models are generally quite nice hordeside. Male trolls are a bit weird lookin, but then they always were. Alliance didn't get it so good, Male humans, female nelfs or draenei... that's it. I don't want to play anything else. Even the female nelfs are borderline, their new run animations are really weird.

J Tyran:
That emasculated male character is awful, it looks like they purposefully gave it penectomy. Why does the female blood elf have its main external gender attributes appear to be intact yet the male one would make a Ken doll in pants look like Ron Jeremy in comparison?

The rest of the warcraft males have that shit covered. Just let me have this. I know it's gratuitous and totally not what the manly men want to see but let me have this one!

Sides the only time they're gonna look like this is when creeps are ERPing in silvermoon.

Charli:
The rest of the warcraft males have that shit covered. Just let me have this. I know it's gratuitous and totally not what the manly men want to see but let me have this one!

Sides the only time they're gonna look like this is when creeps are ERPing in silvermoon.

Indeed. The diversity of the eye-candy must not be compromised!

CrystalShadow:

J Tyran:
That emasculated male character is awful, it looks like they purposefully gave it penectomy. Why does the female blood elf have its main external gender attributes appear to be intact yet the male one would make a Ken doll in pants look like Ron Jeremy in comparison?

Are you seriously complaining about the male elf's ju... (checks picture)...
Huh. You know, you're right... It's like there's nothing there at all... XD

I think this is dreadfully insensitive and offensive, they are casually stripping that male character of one his main sexual attributes. A mans penis is psychologically important, thousands of men each year have to have a full penectomy due to penile cancer, serious groin injury and serious infections.

For many of them it takes years of therapy to come to terms with it as it cause immense psychological damage, yet here Blizzard are casually displaying an objectified male character that obviously lacks a penis. There is no way to know if any men that have suffered a penile amputation and saw this and its undone their therapy.

The you have the men that have suffer genital mutilation by abuse partners, men have had their penises cut off or mutilated. Now we already know that some women find this dreadful abuse hilariously amusing:-

Yet here are game designers casually emasculating their characters, spreading the attitude that its fine to remove a mans penis, even in art. Its insidious and harmful, if anyone doesn't think it is harmful and disagree with me they are obviously already seriously affected by this insidious idea thats becoming culturally accepted.

Attitudes like this are spreading a culture where male genital mutilation is acceptable or goes unnoticed.

J Tyran:

CrystalShadow:

J Tyran:
That emasculated male character is awful, it looks like they purposefully gave it penectomy. Why does the female blood elf have its main external gender attributes appear to be intact yet the male one would make a Ken doll in pants look like Ron Jeremy in comparison?

Are you seriously complaining about the male elf's ju... (checks picture)...
Huh. You know, you're right... It's like there's nothing there at all... XD

I think this is dreadfully insensitive and offensive, they are casually stripping that male character of one his main sexual attributes. A mans penis is psychologically important, thousands of men each year have to have a full penectomy due to penile cancer, serious groin injury and serious infections.

For many of them it takes years of therapy to come to terms with it as it cause immense psychological damage, yet here Blizzard are casually displaying an objectified male character that obviously lacks a penis. There is no way to know if any men that have suffered a penile amputation and saw this and its undone their therapy.

The you have the men that have suffer genital mutilation by abuse partners, men have had their penises cut off or mutilated. Now we already know that some women find this dreadful abuse hilariously amusing:-

Yet here are game designers casually emasculating their characters, spreading the attitude that its fine to remove a mans penis, even in art. Its insidious and harmful, if anyone doesn't think it is harmful and disagree with me they are obviously already seriously affected by this insidious idea thats becoming culturally accepted.

Attitudes like this are spreading a culture where make genital mutilation is the norm.

I...

I

u

wh-

Are you a real person?

Or are you Santa?

Ferisar:

J Tyran:

CrystalShadow:

Are you seriously complaining about the male elf's ju... (checks picture)...
Huh. You know, you're right... It's like there's nothing there at all... XD

I think this is dreadfully insensitive and offensive, they are casually stripping that male character of one his main sexual attributes. A mans penis is psychologically important, thousands of men each year have to have a full penectomy due to penile cancer, serious groin injury and serious infections.

For many of them it takes years of therapy to come to terms with it as it cause immense psychological damage, yet here Blizzard are casually displaying an objectified male character that obviously lacks a penis. There is no way to know if any men that have suffered a penile amputation and saw this and its undone their therapy.

The you have the men that have suffer genital mutilation by abuse partners, men have had their penises cut off or mutilated. Now we already know that some women find this dreadful abuse hilariously amusing:-

Yet here are game designers casually emasculating their characters, spreading the attitude that its fine to remove a mans penis, even in art. Its insidious and harmful, if anyone doesn't think it is harmful and disagree with me they are obviously already seriously affected by this insidious idea thats becoming culturally accepted.

Attitudes like this are spreading a culture where make genital mutilation is the norm.

I...

I

u

wh-

Are you a real person?

Or are you Santa?

Not Santa, Lingam.

rofltehcat:

CrystalShadow:

J Tyran:
That emasculated male character is awful, it looks like they purposefully gave it penectomy. Why does the female blood elf have its main external gender attributes appear to be intact yet the male one would make a Ken doll in pants look like Ron Jeremy in comparison?

Are you seriously complaining about the male elf's ju... (checks picture)...
Huh. You know, you're right... It's like there's nothing there at all... XD

It pretty much confirms my assumptions about elves all along. But yeah, the male elves have no ass or junk. Maybe it makes it easier to dodge animation problems but it still looks weird.

... Well, if it's all elves, I guess you can at least give them credit for consistency... But... Wow... XD

CrystalShadow:

rofltehcat:

CrystalShadow:

Are you seriously complaining about the male elf's ju... (checks picture)...
Huh. You know, you're right... It's like there's nothing there at all... XD

It pretty much confirms my assumptions about elves all along. But yeah, the male elves have no ass or junk. Maybe it makes it easier to dodge animation problems but it still looks weird.

... Well, if it's all elves, I guess you can at least give them credit for consistency... But... Wow... XD

Little Known Fact: Male Blood Elf genitalia, much like some Earth animals, is internal and operates via sheathe.

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LostGryphon:

CrystalShadow:

rofltehcat:

It pretty much confirms my assumptions about elves all along. But yeah, the male elves have no ass or junk. Maybe it makes it easier to dodge animation problems but it still looks weird.

... Well, if it's all elves, I guess you can at least give them credit for consistency... But... Wow... XD

Little Known Fact: Male Blood Elf genitalia, much like some Earth animals, is internal and operates via sheathe.

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Please tell me there is quest in WoW that reveals this amazing piece of trivia.
There MUST be.

Captcha: half inch
Dammit, stop making fun of blood elves!

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