I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Zach at WoW Insider got taken on this one.
Edit: Limb broke under weight of big bear posterior, update below.
And I’ll be more than happy to offer an apology if I’m wrong.
WoW Insider reports that an insider Twittered them with the new Druid Night Elf Bear forms.
I’m sorry, I just don’t see the Night Elf ones on WoW Insider having the same polygon count and detail as the ones Blizzard released.
The necklaces, the feathers, the body textures themselves, I just don’t see it.
It’s an amazing job, I can see where they really could be taken as the official version. The glowy night elf eyes without pupils, the facial scars, etc.
And I’m not even talking about the different font styles on the screenshot for “Ye Oldde Bear”. I’m serious, they don’t look as hi-res or detailed to my eyes.
Hey, maybe I’m wrong. But I’ll leave it to you to compare, speculate, and we’ll all see when Blizzard puts the true info live on their home site.
In the meantime, until we get true official word… please don’t go nuts about not liking (or liking) the Night Elf versions. Give it time.
And if WoW Insider is right, then grats on getting there with the scoop first!
Update: Aaaaaannnnndddd… I WAS WRONG!
It’s basically the same image as WoW Insider put up, but much higher res, and with different font for the text, lol.
You know, technically, I was right based on why I thought it was fake, because the original image WoW inisder put up WAS much lower res than what Blizz put up. Yeah, I’ll keep telling myself that. Uh huh. Still wrong, wasn’t I?
So apparently the facial markings and glowy eyes are going live, folks!
My apologies to Zach and WoW Insider for doubting them!
And here they are!
Frankly, I like the facial markings, feathers and colors. They feel fun.
What surprises me most is that players can have different facial markings, or even none at all, but these bears all share the same one. Either we get no choice in the bear facial markings and they all have the same ones regardless of our characters, or this will be changed individually just like on our toons.
Interesting, very interesting. They reveal, and yet create even more mysteries. Just like Lost.