World of Warcraft is known and loved, but it’s hard to argue that diving head-first into a world this brimming with life would turn many away. It also showcases the power of the new Unreal Engine and what a single dev is capable of within its work space. It’s also a change Blizzard may need to consider in the future. World of Warcraft’s subscriber rate has been declining by the millions since the Warlords of Draenor expansion was released and this may have just been the natural shake-out of things when you have fans returning just to test out new parts of a game. At 11 years, WoW has done amazingly well and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Would a complete overhaul of the landscape bring in new players while keeping the still millions of fans who play the game happy? That’s a topic for another debate.
of Warcraft has a unique visual style—colourful, chunky, but not what you'd
call a 'looker'—that's dictated in part by the fact that the game is more than
ten years old. But have you ever wondered what it would look like if it was
made in, say, 2014 instead of 2004? Wonder no more, friend, because a man named
Daniel Luchau has recreated the Elwynn Forest area using the Unreal Engine 4,
and the results are impressive, as you can see.
chose to import models from World of Warcraft that were retouched and combined
them with pieces from the Unreal Engine 4 demos. While this is not the most
polished Unreal 4 can make something look, it is still fun to see differences
in graphics. Details and textures are not too crisp, and the windows look
watery instead like glass, but there is a moment when flying through the trees is
rather breathtaking. Like the video says, it is still an early build. Players
will recognize Goldshire, the second quest town in the area and also the town
most of South Park’s “Make Love Not Warcraft” episode took place in. Outside of
that we also see Westbrook Garrison, with the infamous wanted poster for Hogger
it comes to MMOs, I don't think visual fidelity is a make-or-break feature (the
long-term success of World of Warcraft in its aged format is proof of that),
but a little extra pretty doesn't hurt, either. Do you dream of exploring an
Azeroth that looks like this?
decided to use his skills and the Unreal Engine 4’s power on World of Warcraft.
Elwynn Forest needs no introduction: it’s a 10-year old map, and while you can
argue if the original graphics are dated or not, it definitely still has its
charm. Here, it looks fantastic.
pretty easy to recognize everything in the video. There’s the town of
Goldshire, the Westbrook Garrison
(with the proper Hogger Wanted! poster), and all the surrounding areas. The
only thing missing are the max wow level characters dueling and
showing of wow mounts
in Goldshire’s main square.
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Unreal Engine 4? It will be a wow gold
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mods are always a sight to behold. From the mods that simply update an aging
game, to the ones that let Thomas the Tank Engine rain fire down over all of
Skyrim, there is a mod for just about anyone or anything. World of Warcraft is
no exception to this rule. Recently, a modder named Daniel Luchau decided to
give one of the game’s most famous environments a visual facelift through the
use of Unreal Engine 4. The Elwynn
Forest is the starting point for every human character and, with human being
the most commonly chosen race, it is therefore the place most players have
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