I hate to say it, but this is actually rather depressing.
I mean, what's the point of "Raiding in an outfit you like" if you can't mix and match pieces from different armor categories?
Yeah I know that would open the flood of mageweave panties, but I'm not really offended nor do I care. I mean, what if there's a really cool arrangement of items I want that perhaps includes the Serenity belt as an accent to the outfit? As a plate wearer, I'm screwed.
Why put such restrictions on when you're already willing to switch out the item's display model? I doubt its that much more work. If this comes down to PvP balancing then that's one more thing that PvP has ruined.
"Oh waaaah, you should be happy you're getting the ability to change your armor model at all"
Yeah? And? You mean I can't choose an outfit that doesn't display shoulders or boots or gauntlets? I can't choose to say...Dual wield polearms or turn my one handed sword into a polearm and be a spartan? You mean they actually tease me with possibillities and then slam the door in my face...Again? Say it isn't so.
Look, I get it, it'd be nice to the matching saphirium model boots to got with my retribution paladin, or to have a uniform armor set until I complete my next set and I can use the default skin. You know it happens, go from one tier to another and you're a mess, always. What's disappointing is the wasted potential to make unique outfits for those of us who want to play with the backlog of outfits. So what if the mage wants to look like he's in plate? Its odd, I'll give you that, but keep in mind some spellcasters would really also like to use Vision of Sargeras, despite it being Leather and unequipable.
Look, Blizzard, I've been on this game for about 6 years, middle of Vanilla to current. There has always been a list of can't, won't, and never will dos. Shall we list the ones that would never happen? There's a bunch you currently make us pay a tidy some for and advertise for on your loader that about two years or so ago was "Never going to happen" (Faction transfers..Race Change...)). What does this mean? Well, stupid restrictions are stupid. Why did Blood elves not get the warrior? Well they could already be so many classes, its unfair...(Hey look kids, this is a blood elf warrior's post). Why can't Shaman's Dual Wield, well that's unbalanced and shaman's are OP. Why can Paladin's not suck? Because they were alliance only. Why do Hybrid classes suffer for just being able to do more than just one thing? Well, uh that's unfair to classes like priests that are really good at healing...Uh...
Get my point? Why the stupid restrictions? Why can I not go to battle like a proper orc? Shirtless, with a ceremonial loincloth, a pair of nasty axes,massive shoulder pads and a surly wife I don't wanna go home to? I don't *care* that I'm the protection warrior and I need a shield, I can technically have my shield, but I can be the badass dual wielding pseudo-parrying tank I loved when Frost tanks were around. The very fact that we can change the armor's model is already a nod to the desire of aesthetics, except you're telling us that "You must only color in ze line with ze colors, and only zem and you must be ze grateful little subscribers".
Let me start out with a small disclaimer. I love Blizzard's art design, it is the primary reason I play this game...However.
You have refused to update the Character models to walk in step with your continuing model and texture development, you refuse to give us significant control over customization that doesn't involve actual money (By the way, Re customization changes your name, maybe skin color and your face, 15 dollars well spent, woo. Hair/horns/haircolor are doable by barber. Hope everyone reads this because that's BS) and even using money to change our characters presents us with excessively limited ability. This is not a mechanical dillema, this is aesthetics, pure and simple. There are far too many games that let you play with intricate details of the character's face and other features to allow any justification for proper customization. No, this is not a demand for realism, stay within your style, but dammit there's a handful of good combinations and laws of statistics are staring you in the face with 10 million players.
Stop. Jerking. Me. Around. Dammit. All I want is some creative leeway, some actual say as to what my character looks like. I thought this was my chance, but it looks like its not at all.
PS - I Have far more respect for programmers now than when I started playing, I'm in the process of obtaining a degree in software development and good lord the trials to be had. But...As a thought, isn't it slightly more complicated to put all these conditionals in? I'm actually interested to see if this is all reasoned behind the nightmare of code editing.