Microsoft have announced that the Xbox Live Avatars are getting a complete overhaul. Originally developed by the chaps at Rare and released on the Xbox 360 back in 2008 the Avatars have provided an entertaining way to see a digital representation of your friends, not to mention being a way of showing off your progress in games with the various Avatar rewards that could be gained. The Avatars didn’t entirely vanish with the Xbox One but they are seldom seen but now they are on their way back better than ever. Watch the new trailer below to see the brand new Avatars in action…
These new Avatars (AKA Avatar 2.0) encourage diversity and are created with inclusivity in mind. There are so many options available as to how people can create their Avatars to look and will even allow prosthetic arms and legs, wheelchairs and pregnancy bumps. Clothing items will also no longer be locked to any specific gender therefore allowing a male Avatar to wear a dress if they so desire. Players can dress them up like astronauts, pirates and country singers and will even be able to give their Avatars a set of wheels including skateboard and motorbikes and believe it or not there will even be a unicorn….honest!
“Avatars are meant for what you want your digital self to represent….. We don’t want to put you in a box – there are no more checkboxes. No matter what you think you look like, what you want to represent online: this new avatar system … is designed to make sure you feel like you can represent your best self on Xbox Live.” said Bryan Saftler, lead product manager .
Microsoft have certainly given their Avatars a certain Pixar-esque quality and plan on these first arriving for Windows 10 users later this year and on Xbox shortly afterwards.