The backstory to Alliance Allied races is nearly as bad and tasteless as Ion's response.
High elves are blood elves, deal with it Removed, good lord. It's like your pa told you no and now you're like "WELL MICKS MA GAVE HIM A HIGH ELF!"
Blizzard added Mag'har Orcs as an allied race. They're from Draenor which we got via a time traveling expansion. If Blizzard can pull that, then High Elves that are from the past with King Anasterian as their leader and potentially even have Prince Kael'thas return for a redemption arc of sorts. The Windrunner sisters could potentially appear as well as a younger Lor'themar, Liandrin, etc depending on when things are set for them.Blizzard pulled time travel already so there's no reason they can't do the same thing again. With phasing technology, they could have the High Elves and Blood Elves even use the same starting zones and Silvermoon without seeing the other. Just give High Elves a teleport they have to use to get to and from their Silvermoon while allowing them to be able to run through Ghostlands and Eversong to get to the Blood Elf Silvermoon to raid it like normal. That would keep the area race specific much like how the other allied races have areas specific to them. Only difference is that the High Elves would have 1-20 zones while the other allied races don't. Maybe have as a compromise to adding the High Elves is requiring you level from 1-max instead of starting at level 20. Then add a similar Horde allied race. Maybe Forsaken High Elves or a ... less dead Forsaken that look more like Nathanos. Since the faction leaders would then have to be akin to regular faction leaders due to the 1-20 zones, maybe have the faction leaders for those two races be located in Stormwind and Orgrimmar to avoid having to add portals or paths for other races to get to the racial specific zones.Blizzard can do it. The issue is they're too lazy to do it. It's not as simple as recoloring some existing models and slap them in the character creator. Due to the Mag'har Orcs and Draenor, I don't buy Blizzard's crap about not adding High Elves. They already proved they can.
There's so many cool and unique races they could make playable. But no, apparently what we really need is a 5th playable elf race with contact lenses. I absolutely support Ion on this.
I don't care what Ion says, just give them unique hairstyles and Alleria-like tattoos with maybe different piercings and you have a pretty unique Allied Race that fits organically into the Alliance, just look at what Horns + Tattos did to Highmountain Tauren, who're basically plain old Tauren models with other customizations.I don't see how having "Blood Elf" models in both factions affects it at all, specially if you're going to have blue eyes, unique hair and tattoos. Pandaren proved that looking the same in all ways on both Factions is irrelevant. They're just making ridiculous excuses, just focus on the High Elves loyal to Veressa from the Silver Covenant, and you have Alliance-aligned HEs.
This sounds perfectly in-line with the rest of things blizzard has chosen for bfa. I don't really care personally because I don't play alliance (Blood elf dks have blue eyes heh) But anyway, Just like with the feedback from the GCD and Personal loot, it looks like even if the majority of the community goes against blizzard, they aren't going to make changes. Welcome to the same boat. I'd much rather have some info finally about Unholy changes.Also I'm not sure blizzard would be for getting rid of a race implemented in-game (void elves) to add another race. And even if they added high elves, what would the horde get? Undead like nathanos wouldn't be bad.