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Blizzard releases details on new starting zone in Warlords of Draenor

Revamp of World of Wacraft's human male model for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion.
Revamp of World of Wacraft's human male model for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion.
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Blizzard Entertainment has released some preliminary images showing off details of the Human male character model revamp coming in their Warlords of Draenor expansion for MMO World of Warcraft. According to art director Chris Robison, the current model has been long criticized for its "odd proportions and face geometry." The new model attempts to address these concerns

Twelve of the playable races in World of Wacraft (excluding the newer Worgen, Goblins, and Pandaren models) are due for overhauls, with the male Taurens and the male and female Orcs, Dwarves, and Gnomes having already been revealed. With the added level of detail, higher polygon counts, and new animation sets, players may need to start looking for a hardware upgrade at the end of this year, when Warlords of Draenor is scheduled to release.

Blizzard also published a blog post regarding the Warlords of Draenor starting zone: Tanaan Jungle:

In primordial Tanaan, even the plants have teeth. Darkling fronds stab out at unlucky wanderers, or conceal canyons that plunge miles deep beneath the canopy - and these are far from the jungle’s worst dangers. Each day, warlords fell even wider stretches of Tanaan’s wilderness, striving to finally rend the gates of space and time for conquest unending.

Warlords of Draenor is World of Warcraft's fifth expansion, following The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), and Mists of Pandaria (2012). Players will be awarded an instant character boost to level 90 upon purchase, which they can unlock right now by pre-purchasing the expansion.