Since everything gets whined about on these forums no matter what it is.
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Art Director Chris Robinson spoke on this just moments ago at the BlizzCon Open Q&A panel. It was in reply to an attendee who brought up that, in the art panel, it was explained that the pandaren model has 10 times the bone structures of the classic races, allowing for many more facial animations.
To paraphrase his statement -- which isn't too different from what I've said here on the forums before -- we absolutely plan on updating the existing models. As Chris mentioned, we want to make sure we preserve the look and feel of the original models players have come to know and love, while vastly improving their model and animation quality to be more in-line with the newer races.
We're not going to hide behind the statement that too many players will get mad if we tamper with their models, but it's a concern -- not a concern that's going to stop us from doing it, however. I want to stress as well that it's a massive undertaking to go back and do this. And to a lot of people it's something that won't be considered shiny new content. But not only do we hear the masses of players calling for this update, we really feel it's time to bring them up to par with newer models as well.
The game continues to age, but as we have no plans of slowing down on development any time in the near future, we want to keep updating and polishing it to stand the test of time (again, without sacrificing the look and feel which has brought players in over the years).
I was originally a female undead on this toon but I got tired of jumping like a frog and having terrible hair. Plus I didn't like the inexplicable missing parts of my robes. How do the sleeves stay up when the entire elbow joint piece is missing?! I didn't crawl out of the ground wearing tier clothes, so they should be intact!
However, I love undead and would totally race change back if they were updated. I could even live with the froggy jump!
At the beginning of Cata, some tiny minor feature on Trolls was changed- cue freakout by troll players to change it back.
I'm sure this thread will get plenty of people who think they would be A-okay with their character model being touched at all, but they really can't say until they've experienced it.
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