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I think it has escaped no one that Gale looks objectively worse in Patch 8 than he used to. He used to look fine, good even and there is no reason that I (in my admittedly limited thinking) can think why he needed a change? Does anyone here have some insight or speculation as to why Gale's appearance was changed? So maybe I am just dumb and clueless but what exactly were they trying to achieve by demoting Gale's appearance in patch 8?

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I personally like the graying hair, not sure about the earring. They just added that hair customization in, so maybe they'll pull back a little later. Has anything else changed?

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I personally like the graying hair, not sure about the earring. They just added that hair customization in, so maybe they'll pull back a little later. Has anything else changed?

Yes, his face looks a fair bit older...and generally less attractive.

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That should be obvious ... it was changed, bcs his previous look was just placeholder ... nice looking, true, but still just a placeholder ...

Now he get closer to "how he is SUPPOSED to look" ... a little older, a lot more exhausted (in my opinion at least) and with strange mark on his chest. smile


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He doesn't, really.
But that's not his best version, either.

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I'm not able to go in-game currently, does anyone have a screenshot?

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It's a matter of familiarity. You have become used to how he used to look and anything outside that is going to feel off now. Thus it will take a bit to get used to the new look. I like the new look, but I'm new to the game, so I didn't really have enough time with the original look to grow to attached to it.


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He looks fine to me, and I like that they've added the mysterious tattoo/marking on his chest, just visible above the neckline of his robe. That's good visual storytelling. It foreshadows his personal quest.

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I'm not able to go in-game currently, does anyone have a screenshot?



[img]https://imgur.com/a/mvO3alR[/img]

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Originally Posted by Spell&Spield
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I'm not able to go in-game currently, does anyone have a screenshot?



[img]https://imgur.com/a/mvO3alR[/img]

Nice! Gale looking awesome now!

edit: Wait, this thread is about him looking worse? I think he looks way better (imo of course)

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Originally Posted by Eagle Pursuit
He looks fine to me, and I like that they've added the mysterious tattoo/marking on his chest, just visible above the neckline of his robe. That's good visual storytelling. It foreshadows his personal quest.

I suppose I am alone with my thoughts here then.

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As a quick summary, so far Gale had 4 different versions.

1- The one we saw in early previews, before EA.
2- The one we played so far in EA.
3- The one datamined few months ago and never used for some reason.
4- The one released on this patch, which looks like a re-tweaked version of 3.

Of all these, 2 has always been the worst looking one, not in small measure because of the hideous beard.
I'd rank them as 1,3,4, 2 in order of preference, so to say that he looks worse now is a bit bizarre.

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He looks like hes had a few rough days behind him. Which is a perfectly fine look for an adventurer out in the wild laugh he wont always have fine to shave that stupple after all smile

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He looks like hes had a few rough days behind him.

He do look tired. Which is fine considering the burden he carries. But then, his personality has this far been quite carefree and for that his previous look fit better.

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Crag face.

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Didn't Geralt have two faces. One for Poland and one for the rest of US. Maybe they're doing something like that

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I think he looks way, way better now.

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He looks far less beddable now, at least not before he's cleaned up and had a wash.

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Originally Posted by Spell&Spield
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I personally like the graying hair, not sure about the earring. They just added that hair customization in, so maybe they'll pull back a little later. Has anything else changed?

Yes, his face looks a fair bit older...and generally less attractive.

This is something of a modern trend: making fictional characters (both established personalities and newcomers) look less attractive so that real-world people will "relate better". Silly, huh?

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Originally Posted by Sozz
I personally like the graying hair, not sure about the earring. They just added that hair customization in, so maybe they'll pull back a little later. Has anything else changed?

Yes, his face looks a fair bit older...and generally less attractive.

This is something of a modern trend: making fictional characters (both established personalities and newcomers) look less attractive so that real-world people will "relate better". Silly, huh?

are we really going with the "woke" angle when the guy just grew a very small beard without trimming it completely?

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