Wildstar has gotten a lot of press lately, and while I’m keeping an eye on the game there’s a lot that puts me off it too. One of the biggest concerns I have is about the character models we’ve seen so far. They’re just.. not.. interesting. Take a look:
Pretty standard. Chick, broad-chested dude. I never play humans in MMOs.. they just seem too mundane given the option of creatures and elves and things.
Eh, the stone lady is okay. Also, another broad-chested dude.
Ah ha haha. Playboy Bunny. Broad-chested rabbit dude. This is the class your little brother will play.
Look, I will give Wildstar credit where it’s due — this woman looks like she’s ready to kick some ass. Also, older broad-chested dude with an enormous glass of wine!
Oh THERE’S the bikini plate. The demon guy is clearly Wildstar’s answer to WoW’s trolls. $10 says he talks with a weird accent.
So to be fair it’s from pre-game art but seriously. For what possible reason does this robot have giant metal robot boobs? I just.. I don’t.. I don’t understand. Anyway, last but not least we have a broad-chested robot.
There are two races yet to be announced, so this is all still up in the air, but at this point I’m not really interested in what I see. All the models have really similar silhouettes, and at least in these examples virtually all of the organic characters are white. Otherwise, there are only minor differences: It’s humans, but with bunny ears! No, humans as robots! No, humans as.. evil humans!
I wanna get excited about Wildstar because I like being part of a good old fashioned groundswell, but so far the character models just aren’t helping.
(Thanks to Teerack of the Something Awful forum for putting these images together.)