WoW is doing their Screenshot of the Day again with a new Cataclysm screenshot each day. If it wasn’t on the official site, I would have never believed it when I saw the screenshot below. First reaction was “WOAH!” and then I stared at it for about 10 minutes and it eventually started to look like the WoW I know. That initial reaction is important though because it means that obviously something has changed. I think it’s the lightning for sure, as well as a texture update.
A ‘blue’ posted that the screenshot was of Blasted Lands. If it is indeed then Cataclysm is totally revamping it. Blasted Lands is that ugly red zone with the Dark Portal. For it to change so drastically… now I want to see what the other zones look like.
The first ssotd is a little more like what we would expect to see from WoW, but overall it’s still improved with texture and model quality as well as lighting showing the most improvement.
I hope that they can keep the system reqs down — something that has been creeping up slowly as the years go on.