Breaking News: New Facial Models

Note: this post contains information on Wrath of the Lich King.

This is a change I didn’t see coming – Blizzard are implementing new, “improved” character skins. After the jump, screenshots of the new female human, dwarf and gnome faces.

Human Females

New Human Female Faces

Dwarf Females

New Dwarf Female Faces

Gnome Females
Obviously, the eye textures on gnome females are glitched right now. Still, you can see what’s in store.

New Gnome Female Faces

Other Races

There seem to be some minor changes to night elf female faces, but nothing significant, and it doesn’t seem as though any males, or females of any other race, have been reskinned yet. I’ll keep you informed!

It’s Not All Doom and Gloom

A lot of these faces look… pretty unprepossessing, to say the least. However, they look quite different in game – and much better, in my opinion. Observe how my character looks in this before-and-after shot – the “before” is on current live servers, the “after” is on the current beta build:

Faces - Old and New

Update 1: Added dwarf females.
Update 2: Added gnome females.
Update 3: Added the Before and After shot.

Update 4: LOL JUST KIDDING! says Tigole.

In this post Tigole says

The character textures are not changing. We tested impact on patch size if we were to patch new character textures. It was a development experiment.

Obviously, we would not change it so gnomes had eyes looking into the back of their heads.

Just relax.

Whether or not one credits the explanation of “oh… just testing!” (and I’m not sure I do; the human female textures are awfully accurate and complete for an “experiment”) there’s confirmation that the face changes aren’t here to stay.

Which is… kind of a shame. Sailan’s new face was growing on me.

8 thoughts on “Breaking News: New Facial Models”

  1. I think gnome males were changed …. and to be honest, I am not sure these are improvements, they seem buggy to me.

  2. This is a pretty dangerous thing to be playing with. I remember the last time they adjusted the appearance of human females and there was a huge outcry.

    People get attached to how their character looks, and hate having their character’s face changed on them.

    Me, for example. :D

  3. I am way iffy about these. I can’t even find a remotely close approximation to what my human rogue’s face looks like. I’m hoping these are buggy. Something about the eyes looks very strange.

  4. I’d hate them to change everything on us permanently, but if they wanted to add some upgraded faces and let us keep our old face or pick a new one (one-time free with option to pay afterward, maybe?) I’d be cool with that. ;)

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