World Of Warcraft Draenei Character Model Improvements Revealed [IMAGES]

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jul 15, 2014 05:32 PM EDT

The graphical makeovers of World of Warcraft's races continue with today's Artcraft update showing off the progress made on the Draenei.

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A post by World of Warcraft Art Director Chris Robinson the game's blog displays images of the new male character model, which is generally more defined and detailed than the current edition. The original was among the better models, he notes, not requiring as drastic a change, but is still getting the overhaul you see in the images.

"Today we're showing you our work on the male Draenei," Robinson wrote. "The original was one of the better character models in the game, so it didn't require a ton of translation-but with higher-resolution textures and more polygons to work with, we were able to bump up his fidelity quite a bit, as well as improve how we convey emotion through a new animation rig."

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The improved ability to display emotion is clear in the images, which show a range of Draenei expressions. As a massive game that needs to run smoothly on a wide variety of machines, World of Warcraft will never be a super high-fidelity realistic experience, but that's not to say there cannot be stylized, incremental improvements. The new models undoubtedly look better than before, and you can look forward to more being revealed as the upgrades continue.

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