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As long as I’m thinking about it…
Remember when we saw the Blizzard World Wide Invitational conference notes, and the statement that there would be a Dire Cat form?
Remember how excited we all were?
And then it vanished.
Well, that was disappointing, sure, but we had some hope that when Inscription went live, we would have some Minor Glyphs that we could use for cosmetic changes, such as a Glyph to let us look like a Polar Bear or a different kind of Cat model when we shift.
We weren’t promised that, but it sounded like it could happen.
At the time, some folks were very excited at the idea, some folks were irritated at the thought of everyone using the same ‘flavor of the month’ Glyph and still looking the same as everyone else, and still others were irritated at the idea of ‘wasting’ a Glyph slot that could be used for a game mechanic-changing Glyph, just for a graphic change.
Interesting points, all of them, and there were some nice discussions in the WotLK forums about it.
The Devs have said quite a few times though, that they would love to do some kind of reskinning or give us options for customization, but they still aren’t sure of the best way to do it.
Sadly, we know we’re not going to have new skins in time for the Wrath of the Lich King release.
But we have been told we deserve new skins (which we knew), and the welcome news that we will get them soon, and the bar they are setting is the one they raised when they designed and implemented the Swift Flight Form.
Now, that’s awesome. It really is.
The one question I have… continuously…
Why do they keep complaining about the difficulty of designing the skins to look right, when Andrige already did it? It’s in the can, man!
Is it simply some level of pissiness, that if they didn’t do it, it must not be worth looking at? Or do they honestly think Andrige’s stuff isn’t good enough?
I mean seriously, look at his Night Elf Tree of Life form design!
/sigh. Simply beautiful.
Like the kitty skins!
Is that incredible? Huh? Aren’t they?
Regardless, we can hope that sometime in the future, someday, we will get to have some new appearances in our forms. Even if it’s not as gorgeous as Andrige’s work.
Ghostcrawler has said they really, really, honestly and for true want to do something.
We just won’t get it in time for Wrath.
How long after? Right away? The next content patch?
I can only hope.
At this rate, anyone laying odds we’ll see new form skins just in time for the Emerald Dream expansion in two years?
To follow up on Pixiedarks’ comments, the three Glyphs that Wowhead added are;
- Deprecated Glyph of the Red Lynx (added to Wowhead Oct 23rd)
- Deprecated Glyph of the Black Bear (added to Wowhead Oct 20th)
- Deprecated Glyph of the White Bear (added to Wowhead Oct 20th)
That is all I know! No idea where Wowhead got these. Might just be stuff pulled out of datamined files, that were left over from the Beta testing. So please, don’t jump to conclusions just yet, my friends.
Oh, and edited again, for the heck of it.
As far as the issue of using a Minor Glyph for different cosmetic appearance changes.
As far as I’m concerned, I think the first step should be a cleaned up, freshened skin for each of our forms. A new baseline. And yes, I absolutely feel that there should be distinctions between male and female forms, in mane design and general aesthetics. More distinction between Horde and Alliance, in each form, and male and female versions. Baseline.
Once that is done, which is I think the core issue that has been ongoing for years, THEN we could realistically expect to see cosmetic changes to our forms, as voluntary modifications in the Barber Shop for straight gold, OR from equipping a Minor Glyph.
As it is purely cosmetic, I think that using a Minor Glyph is perfectly justifiable on Blizzards’ part. Mages, after all, have the Minor Glyph of the Penguin, and most of the ones I know use it, and if that’s not a cosmetic choice for pure fun, I don’t know what is.
What I would PREFER, would be a ‘Pet Salon’ addition to the game, alongside the Barbershops, that would allow you to take your Hunter Combat Pets and your Druid and Shaman shapeshifted forms, and give them cosmetic tweaks there.
Oh, come on.
Tell me you honestly wouldn’t like to be able to take your pet Core Hound, Fluffy, to the Pet Salon, and fit him out with your own choice of studded or spiked collars, dog tags, or even seasonal costume.
Okay, maybe the seasonal costume is going too far. I saw one of those ‘pet dogs in halloween costume’ emails going around the office today, and each pet looks sullen, angry and bitter. So okay, I’ll pass on that.
But yes, I do think that, as a very small, but very cute addition, taking our Pets and Forms to the Salon for a bit of customization would be a fun thing.
I’m Big Bear Butt, and I approve this message.