World of Warcraft shows off customization changes coming with the Shadowlands pre-patch

    
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World of Warcraft shows off customization changes coming with the Shadowlands pre-patch

Every World of Warcraft fan knows that the Shadowlands pre-patch remains locked in a future of indeterminate date, forever happening “soon” without an actual announcement. But it’s clear that it’s going to be quite soon based on the new preview of customization options and the new interface on the official site. Once the patch finally arrives, players will be able to truly enjoy such glorious moments as being able to put leaves in a Night Elf’s hair, giving a Blood Elf blue eyes, and maybe a couple of other things!

We have fun here. There are a whole heck of a lot of changes, really, which is also why the entire character creation interface has been reworked to also support decoupling many color choices from one another and allowing Druids to separately customize their animal forms as they so choose. While the full post sadly does not detail a date when players can expect the pre-patch, it should help spark a bit of excitement for when it finally does arrive.

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bobfish

Any new guesses on when this will turn? Kind of feel like we’re getting a little close to the actual expansion release here.

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teppic

With the new levelling system and all the new customisation options my altoholism will reach new depths.

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angrakhan

I dunno, it’s more than it was, so I’ll take something over nothing. Seems like the most important visual elements are your weapon(s), shoulder pads, helm and cloak especially considering you spend 99.99% of your time playing from a camera positioned BEHIND your character. If they upgraded the client engine to Unreal 5 and had million+ poly characters people would bitch that they miss the old look. Must be very unrewarding working for WoW because no matter what you do, someone’s gonna bitch about it. If you do nothing, they’ll bitch about that too.

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Munchmeat2

WTB player housing!!!

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Lucky Jinx

Me too, or at least I did at one point in time, and we know it was on the table at one point. But now I’m not so sure if it would be such a great idea. Probably another semi-fun, semi-customizable system that would go out with the rest of the dirty laundry after the given expansion cycle.

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Bannex

Unless more stuff has been added recently, the amount of customization options for most races is downright pitiful for a game of this age.

This was a seriously low effort by blizzard especially if they’re advertising it like a feature.

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Bruno Brito

Does it surprise you? They’re always late to the party. And we keep holding themselves to the standard of “Blizzard polish” so we forget that they are always late, and their games losing a whole lot of mechanical depth.

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Bannex

It doesn’t surprise me it just saddens me when the half assery becomes more and more blatant

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EmberStar

It’s Blizzard. __lf ___ery is the goal the aspire to at this point. People are just happy that it’s more than ___f ____ry.

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Bruno Brito

Here are the games that have or had more customization than WoW at this point:

– Aion
– Guild Wars 2
– Elder Scrolls Online
– Neverwinter
– Champions Online
– City of Heroes
– Warhammer: Age of Reckoning
– Wildstar
– Lord of The Rings Online
– Blade & Soul
– Archeage
– Everquest 2
– Star Wars Galaxies
– Star Wars: The Old Republic
– Dungeons and Dragons Online.

Sure there are more but eh. It took them 15 years to allow us to change eye styles without changing the entire face. It’s pitiful really.

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EmberStar

You can also add Warframe. The warframes themselves have multiple skins, varying numbers of variant helmets, fully customizable colors (including glow and FX channels) and the ability to add additional cosmetic armor and capes. Then there’s the Operators, K-Drives, Archwings (and the monster Velocipod skins for those) and the Necramechs.

Also Star Trek Online. You can fully customize the captain, bridge officers, uniforms (including giving every “main cast” crew member a different outfit if you want) and even your ship. Weapons can’t be customized, but you’re free to use any of I don’t know how many dozens of different energy types and cultural weapon styles. (Nerf-gun looking, Klingon, Cardassian, Iconian, Romulan, Federation, and elventy dozen different lockbox flavored variations.)

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Leiloni

To be honest I’m pretty excited about the customization options and yes they have added a lot of options up until this point to most of the races.

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Utakata

To be fair, I’m not sure it’s low effort considering they are working with their engine 15 years onward. And it appears some serious thought went into what was going to be expanded upon and the choices made within context to that repertoire in the CC.

So sure, it’s not very expansive in comparison to what’s out there now and what has been out there before this game began. And yes, you can’t make tiny Orcs, huge Dwarves, skinny Tauren, rotund Night Elves, pretty Trolls or ugly Humans. Least not yet…

…but I’m not here to apologize for Blizzard. As they have much bigger issues to which they need to give account for. However, I’m seeing this as the glass half full. And thanking them for least giving me more options to play with my characters after 15 years of not having those options…for what that’s worth.

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Rndomuser

This is true, the customizations are still crap. To be fair there is no necessity for more customizations – the cartooney art style and the type of character models (which are still pretty low detailed despite engine updates) makes most of customizations pretty irrelevant, even if Blizzard wasted their time on adding more of them. I know I never cared for them when I used to play WoW, same goes for most other people whom I played with (and I know it’s not really statistically significant but I believe same thing will apply to majority of overall players of this game).

It’s not like it is FFXIV where a huge amount of players really care for their character’s looks because the game was designed to make the characters look “attractive” by default through specific art style, so much so that the FFXIV players still create client-side customizations for it which many of them use for making screenshots and posting them using #Gposers tag on Instagram and Twitter. How many of such WoW players do you see doing the same on Instagram or Twitter?

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Bruno Brito

To be fair there is no necessity for more customizations – the cartooney art style and the type of character models (which are still pretty low detailed despite engine updates) makes most of customizations pretty irrelevant

I disagree. I’m part of a WoW art community and several of the artists want more customization. There is absolute need for more customization, and the only people that think otherwise don’t have exposure to the community of players who desire so. I blame the game for that.

How many of such WoW players do you see doing the same on Instagram or Twitter?

Give them good character customization and that will change overnight.

Also, again, go check the WoW art community.

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Bannex

At this point I think we agree that the majority of WoW players left, or at the very least us, aren’t clamoring for another 1 and done mechanic like garrisons, hoa or artifact weapons.

I guess I’m baffled how blizzard hasn’t figured out that permanent additions to the game are a net positive while temporary additions take up valuable resources and often need reverse engineering for the next xpac. Furthermore, temporary additions only result in negative attitudes when they’re removed.

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Bruno Brito

Probably because temporary additions sells them boxes, and they are making money out of xpacs sales more nowadays.

I rather believe in something better, but the contempt towards how they treat the RPG part of the game ( hah ) kinda makes me a pessimist.