Blizzard is taking customisation to the next level as it seeks to improve the way armour and clothing look on characters in video games.
Many gamers will probably share the view of Blizzard’s developers that getting their playable characters to look right is a priority. Players of titles such as Cyberpunk 2077, Skyrim and Elden Ring can spend hours in the character creator creating their perfect protagonist. Now, it seems that the developers of World of Warcraft are about to make tremendous improvements to the way characters look.
Blizzard isn’t looking to move forward by making faces more realistic or adding extra physics to hair: instead, the developer and publisher’s latest patent looks specifically at armour and clothing in video games.
These two groups of items are essential when customising characters, as players sometimes wear items with lower stats just to make their protagonist look good, which is why some titles, such as Horizon Forbidden West, have introduced a transmog system.
According to Blizzard’s patent, all armour will look better on a character, which hopefully means that one outfit won’t immediately look better on a player than another. The company’s patented system will modify three-dimensional game items for a character model depending on how they fit a previous model. This essentially means that an armour or clothing item will be adjusted to fit best the character wearing it, rather than giving a female character model one look and a male version another.
This seems like an ambitious patent, and if it works as the company plans, it could result in one player’s character looking different from their friend’s even if they’re both wearing the same outfit. It seems that this patent would be beneficial for Blizzard’s upcoming survival game.
Not much is known about the new title for now, but it will be set in the developer’s new universe and will reportedly feature a modern meets fantasy vibe.
Of course, as an IP whose characters wear a lot of armour, World of Warcraft could also benefit from the new proprietary system. It’s possible that the upcoming World of Warcraft Dragonflight expansion to the highly successful MMO could also feature some new armour with this technology, although this seems unlikely as Blizzard seems to prefer to use this system for more recent titles rather than older, established IPs. Presumably, the new armour formatting won’t be available for a while yet, but players looking to spice up their character’s style will want to keep an eye out for it.