World of Warcraft Adding Diversity Appearance Options For Players

Published: November 4, 2019 12:00 PM /


World of Warcraft New Ethnicities Dwarves

World of Warcraft is adding several new customization options for player characters to the game. After more than 15 years, a greater variety of ethnicities will be available to players — although the new options don't end there.

"What we really didn't want to do is just slap a new skin colour on there and say: 'Yep, done, we've got diversity.'" World of Warcraft Senior Producer Michael Bybee said to Eurogamer. "Instead what we're doing is we're actually remodelling the faces of these characters to match what might actually make sense for that particular ethnic background. Which takes time - but we wanted to do it right. The biggest piece there is we wanted to make sure this actually made sense in our game."

It would have been terribly easy to simply allow for darker skin with the existing models and call it done, but it seems that Blizzard Entertainment has gone the extra mile and created more detailed models that more accurately represent the innumerable variations of ethnic backgrounds from around the world. These new options, however, are far from all that's being added to the game.

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New World of Warcraft Character Customization 'For All The Races'

"[It's] not just for humans," WoW Lead Gameplay Engineer Patrick Magruder began, "it's for all of the races. We're adding customisation choices across the board. The amount of art- it's just amazing."

Aside from a greater variety of ethnic options with the human characters, trolls and undead were shown to be getting several upgrades specific to their races. Undead characters will be able to have absolutely no rotting skin for the first time ever. Trolls, meanwhile, will be getting options for several different types of tattoos.

These new World of Warcraft character customization options have been a long time coming. You can expect to see new ways to customize your character when World of Warcraft: Shadowlands releases sometime in 2020.

What do you think of the new character customization options for characters in WoW? Are any of them particularly appealing to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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