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?