The World of Warcraft Dragonflight alpha is underway, and a small change to character creation turned out to be one of the expansion’s most notable updates – your character is no longer gendered when character creation.
Previously, you chose “male” or “female” when creating a new character in WoW. Since the Dragonflight alpha, you now only need to choose between “body 1” and “body 2”. As wowhead (opens in a new tab) notes, this is similar to how games like Halo Infinite and Elden Ring have handled gender selection in their character designers.
Both body types are still very traditionally masculine and feminine – big muscles on one, and breasts and hips showing on the other. Still, in a game where your gender doesn’t really matter, it’s good to see Blizzard moving away slightly from narrowly defining your character by body type.
Wowhead further notes that in some versions of the alpha version of Dragonflight, but not the current version, strings referencing a pronoun selection option exist, hinting that you will eventually be able to choose whether your character is called he/him, she/she, or they. It should be noted, however, that even older WoW content usually refers to your character in an ambiguous and gender-neutral way, so a pronoun selection option may only have limited in-game benefit.
Despite the expansion’s late announcement, Blizzard says Dragonflight is still on track to launch this year. Its early promises intrigued WoW fans, but time will tell if Blizzard can hold their own with the release of the expansion.
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