Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2019

It was a “really hard sell” at Blizzard to get Night Elves into Warcraft

It was a “really hard sell” at Blizzard to get Night Elves into Warcraft

Warcraft borrows a lot from various sources, just as modern fantasy has done for decades. But one of the franchise’s most iconic creations almost didn’t see the light of day. Night Elves are one of the most recognisable bits of Warcraft, with their wild skin colours and lanky silhouettes, but they were a tough sell within Blizzard at the time – if not for a good picture, we might’ve be logging into the WoW Classic beta and rolling up new wood elves.

“We wanted to make Night Elves,” longtime Warcraft artist Samwise Didier tells us at a recent Warcraft summit. “Night Elves had never been, to my knowledge, seen before, ever in fantasy. We came up with them. They’re purple skinned, they’re seven-plus feet tall, with long blue and green hair. All we really did is go, ‘what if we combined a wood elf and a dark elf?’”

Take the darkness and moon themes of D&D’s dark elves, put it with the nature reverence of Tolkien-esque wood elves, and Didier says “Boom, we had Night Elves. And then we made them purple for some reason.”

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It was a “really hard sell” at Blizzard to get Night Elves into Warcraft