League of Legends Pulling a Dota 2 With Summoner’s Rift Update

By   /   Jun 6, 2014

A massive remodeling update is headed to League of Legends’ Summoner’s Rift which is ‘a big part of our commitment to continually improve League of Legends’, Riot Games have announced.

With this update, Riot Games is targeting five primary objectives:

  • Clarity and Readability
  • Visual Fidelity
  • Gameplay
  • Thematic Cohesion
  • Performance

However, it should be duly noted that the forthcoming update will not change map functionality at all as the ‘fundamental structure’ of the map will remain unswayed:

Flashable walls, turret ranges, lane sizes, brush interaction and ward placements are exactly as they are on the current map. The intention is to keep moment-to-moment League of Legends the same while improving gameplay through additional clarity.

Although a major chunk of this update is based around visual overhauling (I will talk about it in a second), it will also bring in a few gameplay changes.

For example, Dragon has been bestowed with a couple of AOE attacks and Baron Nashor has been awarded with a new set of abilities to make it feel like a boss battle.

Coming to the most important aspect of the update; visual changes, a lot of League of Legends players are impressed by its vibrant color scheme unlike its rival MOBA, Defense of the Ancients 2.

To me, it just looks like a meek attempt to make it a game which looks more like Dota 2 and less like League of Legends. League of Dota 2 anyone?

And when an insanely popular competitive game like League of Legends attempts to do such a thing, it is often not well-received by the community. I call out to all you League of Legends players to share your views on this!

Speaking about performance issues, Riot Games has assured that any computer running current Summoner’s Rift should be able to run the upcoming update just as fine. And although there are some issues at developer’s end (as of now), they will be fixed before public release.

The update is currently in its developing state, but it is expected to hit public beta sometime in near future. Riot Games has also shared a handful of comparison screenshots and an overview video which can be seen above.

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