One of Dota 2‘s Compendium stretch goals was for Faceless Void to get a model update, and now they’re ready to talk about the process.
Rather than massively resdesigning Void, Valve opted to give him a bit of a facelift instead, reworking and updating the model rather than completely changing his look. This is… basically what I expected anyway, considering Void has about ten billion cosmetics available. To quote our Valve overlords:
“We rebuilt the hero from scratch, using largely the same design, but with better model execution and texture quality. We added more detail, adjusted the face design, and gave him a new set of legs (it turns out Time Walk is tough on the ankles).”
Adjusted the face design? The face design? He doesn’t have a face! It’s in his name! He’s called Faceless Void!
Ahem. Sorry about that.
So yeah, “new” Faceless Void is basically a nicer model for “old” Faceless Void, with a couple of minor design tweaks. But that doesn’t mean Valve didn’t have fun with the process, because they also updated the blog with a lot of, uh… “concepts” for a different Void.
You can see those images over on the Dota 2 blog post about the redesign (complete with pro/con design notes) but I’ve also shunted them in below. And is it just me, or is Faceless Elf basically just Invoker in cosplay?
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.