The most recent round of Ask Riot, where Riot Games answers questions from the community, tackled balance, the status of Butcher’s Bridge, and whether or not Riot will continue to make “sexy” League of Legends champions.
Champion designer August “jinxylord” Browning answered a question wondering when Riot would make “more sexy girl champions.” Jinxylord said the philosophy of design shifted away from making “hourglass girls” in 2013, and now three years later, that could change.
“I think it’s important we make another, not because ‘OMG SEX APPEAL,’ but because ‘I feel attractive’ is a compelling character fantasy that a lot of players (men and women) really attach to,” jinxylord wrote. “It is also crucial to recognize that even within the ‘attractive character’ space, there is huge potential variety in the ways that attractiveness can express itself. As long as the character’s visuals serve and resonate with the its thematic, we shouldn’t be afraid of going the ‘sexy’ route. League’s got room for all kinds.”
On the ever present question of whether the League of Legends developers know how to balance their game, lead gameplay designer Andrei “Meddler” van Roon wrote that the team does have a number of Master and Challenger Tier players, as well as a number of former professionals, to help balance the game. When it comes to balance, however, there are more parts to it than being just good at League, as Meddler compiled of a large list of all the teams involved and what they do from champion design to play testing.
Rowan “L4T3NCY” Parker, the lead designer for Riot’s rotating game modes, answered the longtime question about the status of Butcher’s Bridge, a variant map from the Howling Abyss for the All Random All Mid game mode.
The map was used during the narrative event in the game, Bilgewater: Burning Tides, which dealt in the narrative — and in-game, for a time — death of the champion Gangplank at the hands of Miss Fortune, another champion. The new map for ARAM was met with great excitement, with new voice lines, music, and shop keepers, before the event ended. L4T3NCY said that the map could make a comeback, but it’ll take a mountain of work.
“This one is a bit more complex than it seems at first glance,” L4T3NCY writes. “It might look like just an asset swap for the art (take one thing out, drop another thing in), but there’s actually some underlying level scripts, foundation work, etc. that was forked from regular ARAM. This means that Butcher’s Bridge is a unique beast from the code’s point-of-view, even if it looks the same from a player point-of-view.”
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