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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Tauren makeover showcased

Tuesday, 8th April 2014 03:31 GMT By Brenna Hillier

World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Warlords of Draenor, introduced a heck of a graphical spit-and-polish, as evidenced by this behind the scenes look at how the Tauren have been visually upgraded.

In the videos below you’ll see aside-by-side comparison of new and old models, as well as stand and emote animations.

If you head to Battle.net, you can see several more work-in-progress videos and read all about the development process.

Warlords of Draenor is due in northern autumn.

Thanks, Polygon.

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2 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    Hm. I’m actually surprised that they made the tauren substantially less bestial in their appearance. That’s going to rustle some jimmies. I always disliked their depiction, though, given their supposed nature. I can see that they did it so that the tweens woudln’t be upset. That’s the same reason they mangled the worgen face. That Nickelodeon aesthetic (displayed by the worgen) is one of the reasons that WoW aesthetics grated on my nerves whilst games like Torchlight didn’t.

    It’s easy to make the assumption that I dislike cartoony aesthetics, but I love Wildstar’s aesthetic even though I dislike the game. I love Ratchet & Clank’s aesthetic, too. It’s just the difference between good and bad cartoons. The tauren are more what I’d expect to see in a good cartoon, versus the originals which have a very obvious Nickelodeon quality to them.

    So that caught me off guard. If they can fix so, so many other things (including the worgen) then I might end up liking WoW’s aesthetic, but I’ll still absolutely hate the game for being manipulative and preying on dopamine-stimulated brains. (Brainwashing is so fun.)

    Still, they did a good job on the tauren, and I’m a big enough person to give them praise for that.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. TheWulf

    And that’s why I miss the edit function. >_> I’m really bad at HTML tags. So bad. Mostly because with my sight I’ll sometimes miss a slash or a bracket.

    #2 9 months ago

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