This is NOT a joke. This is up on the Official Under Development page. Here are the Tauren bear form models. The page says they are releasing them in four installments, which means that there should soon be models posted for the NE bear form, NE cat form, and Tauren cat form “soon”.
There is no word on tree or moonkin form. It is likely that they wanted to fix the bear and cat forms first (Which sucked the most). We’re likely to see at least the bear form models go into the content patch as early as 3.2 (or in a patch later than that – I don’t want to get your hopes up too soon!). They say they should come out as an armory-type thing you can change at-will. Lets just cross our fingers and hope that everything goes according to their plans…
Here we have color customization & extra details. . At the very least, we won’t look like level 10 hunter pets anymore… and you’ll be able to tell apart your bear & cat forms from the other bear and cat forms running around. There’s no real armor on them, but there are some extra details (arm bands, horn wraps, et cetra) that look pretty good. I’m pretty sure that being linked to our skin/fur colors is a limitation that they couldn’t find a work-around for in a reasonable amount of time. It’s likely something that will get un-linked a few more years from now…
At this point, I think we’ll take just about anything over what we’ve been stuck with for years. WOOT Thank you Blizzard’s art team for finally caring about us druids!
Also, in the screenshots the bears are roaring, but when just sitting normally, their mouths will close in a toothy grin so to speak.
Here’s more (confirmation that tree and moonkin aren’t coming soon):
Tree and Moonkin forms are still something we’d like to do, but it’s something for a bit further in the future. We are aware these are things that people would like to see additional customization for.
We also would like to allow gear to affect the visual look of the forms, but this too is something that is going to need additional work in order to get it to work properly and look good.
You’ll see the further distinctions between the forms (bear and cat for tauren and night elf) as we go along in the previews.
For people who are concerned that they just paint-shop color changed:
The models have been updated and the poly count is also increased on them. So this isn’t just a simple re-skin.
There is also a reply on the tanking forums post from GC. 🙂