WoW artists unveil some concept designs for class accessories.
The latest in a string of Artcraft blogs by World of Warcraft artists shows that new 'class accessories' are being worked on, which will allow players to greater customize the appearance of their characters. While still in the concept phase, the idea is a good one and the initial designs look promising.
Once upon a time, characters had an additional gear slot that allowed Paladins to equip Librams and Hunters a quiver for their bow. They contributed important stats for that class but never had a physical appearance. It would appear that now that those slots are gone, WoW artists are more able to come up with concept art for such class accessories.
“We always thought it would have been cool to show these Relics on your character, but aside from the generic quiver for Hunters wielding a bow, the artists just didn’t have time to do the concept justice,” Items and Rewards Designer Owen Landgren explains. “We were also faced with some unique design challenges, including questions about how much additional unique artwork would have been required for each new tier of raid and PvP gear. However, once the Relic slot was retired and the visuals could be divorced from gearing mechanics, the idea of bringing these back as a character customization feature became something we talked about more and more.
“Our goal with these class accessories is to offer players a whole new path to customizing the look of their character. While you might decide to wear the same armor as your friend, choosing different accessories allows you to communicate something extra about your character.”
You might be forgiven for thinking that these items may be intended for the Blizzard store, nestling comfortably next to the purchasable transmog helms, but these class accessories are currently intended to be rewards from in-game accomplishments. The question is, what would YOU like to see become available for your character's class?
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