Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:32 PM
If these became a player race and had their models touched upon to more resemble that concept art, I would abandon my current main for one in a heartbeat and never look back. I love the Predator vibe, their deep sea origins, and their House-divided sport killer culture enough to level 1 to 80 all over again. I think, too, out of all the other options, they're easily the most likely to become a new player race.
Maybe we can all agree that tengu will be the first race added, because there's so much build up for them to join the alliance and hints dropped by the developers to imply their inevitable addition. But what will follow after our feathered friends? People seem fond of the hylek, but their status as a (primitive) minor race and involvement in the personal story cinches the deal against them. That's not even getting into the issues that would show up with customization (see: gender differentiation and hair) and adapting world armor to vaguely fit their body styles.
Kodan kind of sort of seem a likely candidate, but I really feel like they're going to be the furbolgs of this game. That is, a number of people will clamor for them, but they'll simply never quite make it. They share a lot of issues with hylek, such as customization (again, no hair) and gender identification. World armor would work about as well as it does on charr, but overall I don't see them being a strong contender for player race status. We already have the norn, but I know very well they're far from the same thing.
On the other hand, largos are depicted as having hair, sexual dimorphism, and a unique silhouette that's still human enough to easily allow any world armor to fit it. Beside that, I have to admit I would be pretty disappointed if every new player race were just a different anthropomorphic beast. Cats, birds, bears... I feel like ArenaNet can be more creative than that, as evidenced by the likes of the sylvari. Additionally, the few largos you can meet in-game drop some hints about their society - a society that seems well suited for player representation. House division offers internal antagonists, and sport killing is hardly anything new when you look at the norn and charr.
That said, I do hope the people clamoring for kodan can get what they want someday, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to see the largos make it before them - ideally first, but I'm pretty sure the tengu will claim that spot. I'm very curious how they're going to make new races and fit them into the world, if they do at all. We'll all see sooner or later, I guess.