There aren’t too many thing’s i am not happy with wow about. Clearly, given it’s ginormous player base, there aren’t too many thing’s that most wow players aren’t happy about either. However, someone once made a profound statement in saying “There’s always room for improvement” (believe it or not Google actually doesn’t know who said that… and here i thought Google knew everything) So with that, if a genie (or Dev) were to grant me some “WoW wishes” one of them would HAVE to be the appearance tab. Why? you ask. So that i can fight while looking like this of course…
If you are not familiar with what an Appearance Tab is, it is essentially a second gear slot for each item for your character that when utilized will make your character appear as though they are wearing that gear, but you would still receive the benefits stat wise from your primary gear that you equip. And I mean really, who wouldn’t like to appear how they wish rather than look like the armor of whatever random stuff you picked up that happens to have the best stats on it. Well, given the amount of responses on the wow forums, i am not alone. Fortunately, a blue decided to respond to this over the weekend….
We have discussed these types of ideas with the developers several times in recent history. We’re not entirely opposed to some of the ideas, though the feature would probably be more limited than the functionality many players are asking for.
This is still largely a contested concept though, as we’d want to make sure it’s done well and doesn’t have unforeseen negative impacts on gameplay/art style. When we have more information to share with you regarding our decision whether or not to move forward, and how, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Also, thank you for taking the time to arrange your feedback and ideas in a well-organized, constructive manner, Sharkon, and everyone else who’s keeping the positive creativity flowing.
The jist of that post: the news on the appearance tab is that there is no news :( Though, it is nice to see them acknowledge the general populace’s issue with not having this feature. Everquest 2 and LoTRO both have this feature. I was able to experience both of those games, and this feature was on the small list of few things i really liked about those games.
Gear is a matter of aesthetics, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the negative impact of being able to manipulate the in game aesthetics. One of the long standing arguments by those opposed to this feature has always been that in PVP, you would not know how well geared the person you are about to engage is. Well, the answer to that problem is simple really. Add to the in game menu the option to toggle on or off people’s appearance gear, so if you really wish to see what it is they are receiving stats from, you can.
Hopefully this feature will go through, typically if we ask enough in a constructive manner, Blizzard hears us and follows through. If you’d like to add your two cents feel free to comment here or better yet on the thread on the wow forums.
Update to reflect a new blue post from this morning:
Q: Will we ever see a feature like the Appearance Tab – some way to make use of all the different equipment art for items we already have without having to give up on stats in order to do so? If no, then why not? – Welcome (North America/ANZ), Ферундал (Europe [Russian])
A: Having more ways to customize the appearance of their character is something players often ask for and something we’d love to improve. Seriously. We hear you loud and clear on this one. We do have some ideas we’re discussing, but we’re not ready to share them quite yet. Our concerns have always included making sure that the character art still maintains a level of quality even if extensively customized, and making sure that character silhouettes are easily recognizable. Those aren’t show-stopping concerns that would prevent us from ever taking the plunge, but they are concerns.
My favorite part here… Seriously. We hear you loud and clear on this one. At least we know they are going to throw us a bone, time will tell to see just how big that bone is.
- Patch 4.0.6 Monday, 3/14/11