Updated Wed, Apr 04, 2012 by Mem
My wife is a character creating fiend. No matter what game she is playing she is constantly creating and recreating characters. She may never play them at all, but there is a need that drives her to continuously create new toons to feed her character creation appetite. Each character she creates has to have the perfect look and the perfect name and brave is the person who dares to interrupt her during her creative journey.
While designing new toons has never been for me, I know that my wife cannot be the only crazed character creator out there. So it is with this in mind that I take you inside the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta to show you something that is sure to make all of you with a passion for playing Dr. Frankenstein squeal with delight; a brand new and very much improved character creation menu.
While the new character creation menu was first introduced in the initial phase of the Mists of Pandaria beta it was unpolished and rather lackluster in usefulness. However, with the latest patch and the newest round of beta invites things have changed. The character creation menu has been polished and fine tuned. What we see today most likely closely resembles the character creation screen players will get to experience when Mists of Pandaria is finally available for all to play.
As you can see from the above pictures, the new Mists of Pandaria character creation menu looks more than a little different from the one we see in game today. In fact when comparing the two little has been left truly untouched. While no new options have been added, almost all the old bars and menus have been relocated and cleaned up for a more streamlined look and easier creation process.
On the left side of the screen players will still find their gender and race selectors, although the two have been swapped in position, however, they will find that the class bar as well as all appearance options have been removed from this location. Instead the class selection bar now makes it home prominently on the left side of the screen that once housed the information regarding your selected class and race. The name bar has also been removed from this screen.
Instead of being a permanent fixture on the screen, players will now be able to view this information after selecting their class and race by clicking on the “More Info” button on the bottom right. When this button has been clicked the information will display on your screen for your reading pleasure and can be closed once again by re-clicking the “More Info” button. See the picture below for a view of the WoW character creation screen with information text viewable:
You may be a bit worried at this point, wondering if you can no longer customize your character. Let me assure you that this is not the case. In fact with the new Mists of Pandaria character creation screen this process has become easier than ever before. To view the customization menu players must select their race and class and then click the next button where they will be confronted with the new character creation menu in all its fresh and shiny glory:
All your old character customization options are there and laid out nicely in a menu on the top left of the screen. The bar for your name also has reappeared here in the same spot it has always been. It is the menu on the right side of the screen that is sure to have my wife and those like her excited.
Here Blizzard has added an entirely new menu that shows you each individual option for character customization. For example if you click on “Skin Color” on the left as shown in the picture above, all various skin colors available for that particular race will be displayed on the left. The same holds true for each customization option available.
For the first time ever WoW players will be able to view all the customization options available to them instead of vacantly scrolling through a menu. This new feature revolutionizes the way WoW playesr will create their characters making the entire process easier and faster than ever before. When your customizations are finished and your name is selected simply click the “Finish” button to create your character and continue onward into your WoW journey.
While the old character creation screen was fully functional and could have lasted for many more years to come, this new screen is a breath of fresh air that is sure to please many players. In fact, this new Mists of Pandaria character creation screen may even have the potential to inspire even lackluster character creationists like me join in the character creating craze. What do you think of the new and improved character creation screen? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!