As expected, the new female Human model was rolled out today. I haven’t read the feedback and opinions on the matter, but I will share mine and I’ll start with the positives. They most certainly look more up to date, particularly with cell shading on the body and in the face. In fact, I really like what I’m seeing in the face. Hair as well. For the most part it looks so much better and not like a game ten years old. I’ve always appreciated WoW’s laid back cartoonish feel and this updates without losing that. Thumbs up.
Unfortunately, it isn’t all roses in this garden. See the full body shot? How in Illidan’s latrine did she actually get skinnier?!?! It might be surprising coming from a male player, but this actually bothers me. There have been conversations on end about sex and video games and how the latter is tailored. The previous form was perfectly fine. Now she’s lost weight, toned her body, and conveniently lifted (tightened?) the chest. Let’s be honest, was any of that really necessary? Personally I don’t think so, and I feel like it just plays off the idea of female characters as glorified eye candy and when you already have a female player base frustrated with how NPC ladies are portrayed (if at all), this isn’t going to help the matter.
Sure, most of the players are still men/boys, but I don’t think any of them would have said much if the body on the left was updated without the liposuction. Hopefully with gear on it won’t be so bad, but this just makes me concerned overall that we’re going to see all the characters restrung as buff beasts of Adonis and Athena. I don’t mind mixing it in a bit, but it could simply be done with the existing races that are already slender.
Rant aside, the model overall is a significant improvement. My disappointment is what it is but I can’t argue the poly count and shading don’t make a better model. I just wish they didn’t have to try and make a better model out of the model herself.