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Every race in Guild Wars 2 started with a simplified description—a way to describe the essence of the people in a sentence or less. The sylvari description was pared down to just three words: noble, beautiful, plant. In the past, our design iterations would always lean towards one or two of these descriptors, but in the end we really wanted to have a race that would represent all three characteristics clearly. I began to develop an alternate version of the race on my own at night, while preparing for our debut in gamescom 2010 by day.
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Basically, people were not happy with the original Sylvari design, so they chose to redo it. It's now a bit more "plant turned human" and less "green human dressed in leaves".

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The sylvari page on our website has been updated with new lore, wallpapers, screenshots and a brand new video. Check it out!

Old-vs-new comparison attached.

Edited by HothBase - 8/11/11 at 11:45am
 
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post #2 of 10
nice.
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Yeah, the old version was basically standard fantasy elf. I like this much better.
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I like the old one better
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Wow! Interesting change, and for the better. I think it's a pretty radical, brave change. (changing from elf --> something that actually looks like a plant)

(Definitely checking out GW2, excited by the stuff that's come out the devs so far)
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Added video to OP, it shows some more designs.
 
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Wow good change indeed. The original design was completely...unoriginal and generic looking. The newer design is much more interesting and shows more thought and creativity IMHO
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Very nice, hopefully this is a tell on the philosophy of Guild Wars 2 development as a whole.
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I like the new direction, it's certainly unique. The only thing I'm not fond of is the plant-hair, especially the male we've seen, but I'm sure there will be many options for hair.
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Official GW2 Sylvari page updated with the new designs as of today, link in OP, also added a new video.

I agree with everyone saying the new design is better. My former opinion was that the Sylvari was kind of bland and not at all interesting. After seeing all the new designs, and their homelands, I'm definitely going to check them out as soon as I get this game.
 
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