That’s right, true believers, new Druid form artwork! The release of the artwork! It’s begun!
Okay, seriously, though. The artwork that has been released so far is beautiful.
In our next major content patch, druids will find a host of new textures for two major forms, cat and bear. There will be five different designs for each of these forms for the Horde and Alliance. Night elves can choose to change their cat and bear look at any time by visiting the barber shop and changing their character’s hair color, while tauren will be able to change which look they use by switching skin tones in the barber shop — a new feature for tauren in the next major content patch. Given that there are more hair colors and skin tones than unique form looks, some colors and tones will overlap with these new textures. The hair and skin colors chosen will, in most cases, correspond with the color seen in the look of each form. Some similar colors that may share a particular cat texture will not necessarily share the same bear texture.
We’d like to share with you this new art for each form and faction in four installments. So without further ado, our first preview is for the five new textures of the tauren druid bear form. We’ll also show the current form design so you can easily see the extra detail and textures of the new art. Work continues on new looks for the remaining druid forms and we hope to add them in future content patches.
Stay tuned for a preview of the new night elf druid bear form art coming later this week.
I’d like for you to think about how neat the concept is that they describe in that announcement.
Our Druids will shapeshift into a form that corresponds most closely with our Night Elf hair color, or our Tauren fur color.
I… I cannot in all honesty ask for more.
And the bear forms look as though they are using the richer textures with the greater detail that you find in the Northrend armor models, so we can expect a long term beauty that will help us fit in with our friends and their fancy armors.
Thank you, Blizzard. Seriously, thank you.
Here is the picture they released of the Tauren Bear forms, for your delight…
My thanks to MMO Champion for posting this up, and to Cassie, who was the first to let me know about it, and who actually sent me links, pics in various sizes, and the whole enchilada so I could post about it even though I’m at work and have zero access to MMO or Blizzard or any other major WoW website from here. Thank you both!
Since the comments and emails are going nuts on the whole “Bear with mouth open” thing, and even though people have already cleared it up in the comment section further posted comments clearly are speaking without reading first, let me get this straightened out.
Also, in the screenshots the bears are roaring, but when just sitting normally, their mouths will close in a toothy grin so to speak.
Please read what I already stated in a previous post in this thread. You will notice a more toothy grin to go with the usual intimidating roar.
No one has said anything about it only closing while sitting. :) I think there have been some incorrect inferences.
Just to clarify, when I said, “sitting around” that was in reference to idling, hanging out and being bearlike.
Tree and Moonkin forms are still something we’d like to do, but it’s something for a bit further in the future. We are aware these are things that people would like to see additional customization for.
We also would like to allow gear to affect the visual look of the forms, but this too is something that is going to need additional work in order to get it to work properly and look good.
You’ll see the further distinctions between the forms (bear and cat for tauren and night elf) as we go along in the previews.
The models have been updated and the poly count is also increased on them. So this isn’t just a simple re-skin.
They are new models and new textures. You can tell by things like how much less blocky the bear’s shoulders and rump are. There are more polys now. The difference in detail is pretty amazing and hard to really appreciate from a simple screenshot. The animations are the same as they’ve always been.
Honestly with things like this we have to be a little careful. While not many people will champion the fidelity of the old forms (because they look old!) players can get very attached to them. We were concerned that if we changed them too much (remove the horns for example), long-term druids might really feel disenfranchised. The artists did a great job of capturing the feel of the old forms while still updating them.
If you have more hair color choices than pelt colors available on the animal then more than one hair option will map to the same animal.
Having the art itself upgrade as you improve your gear is still something we’d love to do, but is obviously a much bigger undertaking. We’ll see.
And wait until you see the new Tauren cat! That was the one most in need of an overhaul, IMO.
Okay? The mouth is going to close, okay? /cry
I swear, some days I wonder if the Devs ever think of just deleting a class, and have fun announcing “Since ya’ll can’t ever be satisfied, we figured… eh, screw it. Reroll.”
What ever happened to being delighted and happy to be able to play an amazingly awesome video game? And if you’re not… why are you still playing? What do you want, a return to the pure aesthetics of Pong?