IT MUST BE MAH BIRTHDAY!
Thanks for linking that @Will:D
Waking up to that is like friggin Christmas morning when I was 10
The improved body morphing, wraparound logos, and ability to preview the models in different lighting were the changes that stood out for me. In particular, the logo improvement has been something that I've wanted for years and will make adding patterns and tattoos SOOOOOO much easier. One of my signature CAWs, Xouxou Chen, has a floral decal that I had to copy, resize, and edge like 18 times between her top and briefs to make it look seamless; the wraparound feature should make adding that in much easier. That's not to mention bicep tattoos which never quite made it around the entire arm.
I actually liked the aim of the mix 'n match body selector that was implemented last year but like many, felt that it was too limited. Adding a body size slider BEFORE you add those body shape textures should improve things a lot though it still likely won't be ideal for people who wanted more grotesque, lopsided creations like we could make in the past. Likewise, I really appreciate the added ethnicity templates for faces there. Combined with the face photo tool, it should lead to much more realistic looking faces and reduce the COPIOUS amount of time spent in post-photo face morphing. I exaggerate not, I believe that 80% of my time on each of my CAWs last year was spent on editing the face/head. I still aim to put in the work to make them look good but this will make it easier.
The lighting preview is really important because it gives you a preview of what your creation will actually look like under the ring lights. In the past, things that look really great in the darker creation studio didn't necessarily look the same once the character entered the arena. Now, you can preview them in various entrance and ring lighting and see the subtleties of how things reflect, shine, mute, etc. in different light scenarios. This is especially neat for entrances that use dramatic lighting effects. Additionally, the new ability to modify the hand gestures and facial expressions on the selection screen poses is a small but very welcome change. No more settling for something that looks "close enough" to your CAW's personality. It's also really neat that they'll FINALLY let you use entrance attires in those poses. Also that "8-bit" game filter
All in all, pretty nice and welcome changes to an already solid system.
Oh btw CUSTOM G****** MATCH TYPES ARE BACK!