World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor model updates detailed

First look at new version of human female models

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will introduce visual upgrades that'll increase the polygon counts of some player models more than fivefold, Blizzard revealed on Thursday.

An official post by World of Warcraft senior art director Chris Robinson detailed the developer's plans for modernizing the models, and in the process revealing one new look for human female characters.


Robinson said the team's primary goal "is to make sure that the visual content that currently exists is brought up to or surpasses the level of quality you see in current boss models, the Pandaren, and central NPCs like the new Vol'jin model."

Races which joined World of Warcraft years after it was released in 2004, like the Pandaren, have better-defined features, while the older races remained comparatively primitive.

Robinson said his team is rebuilding the models and all of their variations, from hairstyles to individual facial features. The facelift will entail creating higher-resolution textures, smoother models, and reworking approximately 3,600 animations.

Warlords of Draenor will explore the franchise's history across the new continent of Draenor. It will also increase World of Warcraft's level cap to 100 and offer players the option to immediately boost one new or existing character to level 90.