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World of Warcraft update is making gender more flexible in character creator

The alpha for the next World of Warcraft expansion, Dragonflight, is out now and players have been testing out the new content. Something players have already found, as noted by Polygon, is that bodies in the game’s character creator no longer have gendered designations.

Before, the body options in the World of Warcraft in-game character creator were set to “male” and “female,” but in Dragonflight, this has changed to simply “Body 1” and “Body 2.” Body 1 is the former male body. This is the one players should choose to access existing “male” customization options, including facial hair. Body 2 has the existing “female” body customization options, including breasts. Players will be able to change which body type they use after character creation is over by visiting in-game barber shops.

Data-mining site Wowhead also reported Thursday that the Dragonflight update might also include the option for players to choose their avatar’s pronouns and voice. The pronoun options found in the data-mining strings include she/her, he/him, and they/them, according to Wowhead.

These changes seem to be building on the foundation previous World of Warcraft expansions have laid down. Back in 2021, the Shadowlands expansion sought to include more LGBTQ+ storylines and content. This included a budding romance between two characters during the Shadows Rising novel, which is the lead up to the expansion’s main story campaign. The expansion also featured a character who is more or less transgender, having lived their mortal life as a woman, but living in the afterlife as a man. This character, Pelagos, will talk to the player about their past if prompted, discussing how they didn’t feel comfortable when alive as a woman, but felt at peace upon finding themselves in a man’s body in the afterlife.

Players will be able to experience everything World of Warcraft: Dragonflight has to offer this December.

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