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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Face It

Back on March 23, I mentioned that there was a possibility that the character models being developed for the Asian version of Everquest II would be optionally available to all other EQ II players as well. Well, Moorgard recently confirmed that. So, it's time to take a peek at our options for virtual plastic surgery.

The poster of
this thread on this official forums tracked down some new shots of the EQII East character models so head on over take a look. I've also poked around on the site the poster links to and this is what I've found:

Character Creation Screens

Group Shots

Human

Elves

Trolls

Ratonga

Iksar

Kerra

Edit: You can try this link for some side by side comparisons.

I should be clear, SOE has stated that these models are still works in progress. The final versions could look quite different. That said, what do you think?

It would be easy to say that these models are more "anime" in style and to some degree that's true (pink hair?). However, a poster on page four of the above thread makes a valid argument (with graphical evidence) that the new human models are actually more realistic rather than more "anime."

Matters of art are always subjective but I'll give my subjective comments. The ogres are pretty wild and fierce looking which I think is cool. I think there's no question the human models are better (at least in terms of the faces). I'm not too big on the new elves. As for the rest, well, I don't notice that big a difference. I will probably not opt for the new models only because I've grown used to the way my characters look after so much play time.


While we're on the topic of character models, Moorgard posted here that Iksar scale patterns are on the agenda but I have not heard anything on that issue since then.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Optyk said...

Humna models look great, too bad thats not their standard look, I would of rolled a Human from day 1. Elves arent too bad either, I'm a huge fan of the Lineage 2 and Guild Wars female models.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Troodon said...

The iksar models look almost the same, except their heads don't seem to be smaller in proportion to their body as before, hehe. Not really an improvement imo.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Troodon said...

Er I mean they DO seem smaller. (This comments section needs a way to edit your comments after they've been posted, hehe).

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is this going to be implimented? Anyone know potential dates?

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your links to the imagery doesn't seem to work...

11:22 AM  
Blogger Aggro Me said...

Hmmm...the links still seem to work for me though you do have to scroll down a bit. In any case, I just edited the post to add another link I found which might work for you.

I am not sure on a potential date for imlementing the new models but I am guessing it is still a ways off.

1:02 AM  
Anonymous Karamyr said...

My main is a human and I think she's fugly. I've regretted not making her half-elf instead except that I hate the half-elf hair/color options. But damn is my human fugly. I would definitely change her.

The trolls, ratonga, iksar look pretty much the same to me. I don't dislike how the elves/high elves look now. The humans though... BIG improvement in my option. Especially the females.

~Kara

10:39 AM  
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