There has been a complete lack of information about what they are planning to do to our new graphic forms.
Last time they “updated” cat & bear form (mostly minor face adjustments), the druid community got really upset and hated what they did (hence why we want new graphic forms so badly) – because in some ways, they made it worse than what it was in the first place. Our cheetah travel form was supposed to be a “placeholder,” and then we got told later on that they intended to keep it.
They told us about the possible polar bear glyphs and people complained about them (mostly afraid of wasting glyph slots – not that we have many minor glyphs worth using in the first place).
There have been a handful of posts letting us know that they ARE working on them, but nothing about WHAT they are working on.
You’d think that they would at least give some hints before they finalize stuff, and let us give feedback on whether or not we could live with what they do. Without information, we can’t let them know if we like what they are working on, or if we hate it and we’re going to keep complaining for the next 4 years about how we look.
After almost a year of hearing that Blizzard is working on graphic form updates, we can’t get any info about it at all? Maybe Blizzard could show it to a couple members of the druid community (like Big Bear But) and have the members of the community say that what Blizzard is planning to do will work for us (or, to give feedback to Blizzard saying that we’d like to be able to close our bear mouth sometimes ’cause our throats are kinda dry).
Are they going to be attached to a dressing room? Will there be new quests? Will we like what they are going to look like? Are they going to look interesting and distinct? Are we going to get options for different colors/shapes/sizes? Are we going to look worse than mounts other people can get & hunter pets that have 100x’s better graphics than our feral forms? We don’t know.
I understand that someone is always going to be unhappy, but with how much anticipation that has been built up for the druid community as a whole, we’re really just likely to be disappointed.
We just have to wait for what feels like an eternity and pray to Elune that the developers and artists (who get to make the decisions with zero input from the players who are stuck with the final graphics) will actually pull out something cool that we actually want. I’m not sure I have quite enough faith in them to do it right, and if they do it wrong – then we’re going to have to spend multiple years more begging for it to be done right.
At this point, I’d almost rather just be able to choose from the current assortment of hunter pet models than gamble on what might be coming (we could always choose a different tenacity pet group for each talent tree). Part of me wishes that we just let the polar bear glyph go live.
I really just don’t like the anticipation and lack of information from Blizzard about what model I’m going to be looking at for the next few years. I just don’t really like big surprises that take months of waiting & anticipation with zero information.