Many people are pointing out that some allied races feel lacking in terms of customization. Others are saying that whatever additional customization we are given for the core races in Shadowlands, it won’t be as cool as getting a proper allied race and we are just going to be the same Bronzebeard dwarves and Darkspear trolls as always.
So here’s hope Blizzard can possibly consider the addition of some kind of optional templates and related demonyms within the new character customization screen.
The assumption is that they could easily code in the game an alternate sub-race name (demonym) and even (optionally) tie it to specific/different racial traits when a character is rolled with a certain selection of visual parameters, the same way they make certain visual options available to only certain classes.
Or, an alternate demonym and/or racial skill could be picked as an option when having selected certain specific visuals (tattoos for Dwarves, skin colors for Trolls, etc)
It would go like:
Click 1: Choose your faction
Click 2: Choose your race
- Night Elf
Click 3: Choose your class
Click 4: Customize!
- On the left: Templates (defaulted to NONE with all features available)
- On the right: Customization (as it is now)
e.g. of Templates for Dwarves
- none (default)
- Dark Iron (?)
e.g. of Templates for Trolls
- none (default)
- Farakki “Sand” Troll
- Revantusk “Forest” Troll
- Darkspear “jungle” Troll
- Zandalari (?)
Customization screen mock-ups by Moira (thanks!)
Obviously we’d also still have the RANDOMIZE button, which would behave differently if an optional template is selected.
So, like, do you want a real quick way to look like a Wildhammer Dwarf?
Select the Wildhammer template in the left, hit randomize and BOOM there ya go.
I know this is rather unlikely to happen, but I am hoping the dev team can at the very least consider it based on the fact that unless the UI tooltip and NPCs refer to the player using a tribe/clan/subrace name, the game community is unlikely to acknowledge them, hence one of the coolest new features from Shadowlands risks turning into player disappointment for a missed a chance to have a proper allied race.
Which brings the logical question…
What new demonym and template would YOU like to get for your race?
Templates Q&A: see here
P.S. There was some speculation about this from a dataminer on Twitter.
So while I realize this is most likely wishful thinking… PLEASE MAKE IT REAL…?
And thanks for reading.