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Subraces Coming to World of Warcraft?

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It seems like Blizzard is planning to implement subraces in the next expansion.

One of the game files (ChrRaces.db2) contains new entries for the following subraces:

  • Nightborne (Imagine Suramar Elves)
  • Highmountain Tauren (Screenshots)
  • Void Elf (Imagine Void Alleria)
  • Lightforged Draenei (Argus NPCs)

Credit to KayRule and the Red Shirt Guy for his write-up (based on KayRule's post).

Stay tuned for more information at BlizzCon! The next expansion will be revealed at 12:30 PM PDT (8:30 PM CET) on November 3.

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1 minute ago, MightyLemur said:

Hoping for something like this for a while :)

...if they're actually doing it.

Would be cool to play the Taunka or Eredar.

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My only concern is for characters that are already made. They will most likely have to stay their normal version unless you want to put out some money to get the cosmetic changes.

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Hopefully blizzard would allow us to change the sub race of one or 2 of our characters for free before they implement it as part of the race change payment?

 

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It would be cool but not so important news for me if coming (10/12 blood elf chars.). Btw still don't trust in datamining so..

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It's nice, but at least from visual perspective it will not have big impact, as the facial details, fur color, etc., is anyway hidden under the gear..

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Tbh i would pref some other sub races like more dwarf clans and troll tribes. Don't know how long i want to make forest troll with green skin or dark iron dwarf, prolly since i saw them in game

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I just want any Horde races that don't have a ridiculous hunch-back. Dark Ranger undead-subrace would be great. 

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This was discovered on MMO-Champion. It even says so on the blizzplanet post you linked.

Kind of sucks that the guys who actually found this out aren't getting any credit here just because someone well-known like Red Shirt Guy reported on it first.

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2 hours ago, Caaethil said:

This was discovered on MMO-Champion. It even says so on the blizzplanet post you linked.

Kind of sucks that the guys who actually found this out aren't getting any credit here just because someone well-known like Red Shirt Guy reported on it first.

Update: Nevermind, found and added!

Hello, @Caaethil. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Would you please link the MMO-Champion post? The only one I found was linking to Red Shirt Guy's article. I'll update the article with proper credit.

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I hope Blizzard adds new playable races. Given how the next expansion will most likely be based on Kul Tiras, with ships and water-themed stuff, I really want to see Naga and Tuskarr.

As for race customizations, I would DIE to have the option to play as Earthen Northrend Dwarves and Mechagnomes.

Some people also want High Elves, but what I want is...

wow high elves.png

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24 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

As for race customizations, I would DIE to have the option to play as Earthen Northrend Dwarves and Mechagnomes.

I'm 100% down for Mechagnomes. Maybe some retaking of Gnomeregan. 

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2 hours ago, Syktris said:

It sucks for pandarens (best race imo) cause they probably won't have any subrace 

True, but they're easily one of the most unique and arguably least played or seen races in the game to this day. I suppose Furbolg could be considered a distant cousin, but I remember the Hozen and Jinyu from MoP too; a lot of shared history with the Pandaren there. 

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At least for me, it seems more logical that these are new races that sub races for a few reasons:

It's easier to add a new race to the game in the already existing system while for a new way of customizing, they would need to change the character menus.

I believe that if blizzard would add the concept of sub races, they would add it for every race, and not for a few ones.

 

<Personal question> What would/should be the difference of a race and a sub race past the character creation?

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I have always been saying in chat when the discussion of new playable races comes up that blizz should have half breeds like in D&D for  us to play! Hell even make them a 3rd faction to play and give the game a new twist! Give them their own continent! 

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15 hours ago, Derivan said:

<Personal question> What would/should be the difference of a race and a sub race past the character creation?

I would assume slightly different race passives, that end up with a very similar effect, but possibly with a different name and slightly tweaked. Shadowmeld for Void Elf might be something to do with hiding in the Void, with a new animation.

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3 minutes ago, Blainie said:

I would assume slightly different race passives, that end up with a very similar effect, but possibly with a different name and slightly tweaked. Shadowmeld for Void Elf might be something to do with hiding in the Void, with a new animation.

A different voice would be pretty nice too.

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6 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

A different voice would be pretty nice too.

Yeah, I would hope they treat it as a new race other than with the models. Use the same base, make it look different and give it modified things for everything else. Doesn't need a new voice, just a modified one to reflect the change.

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