Game News LoL: more women and more monsters, Riot wants to change things for its champions
In the wake of his comments regarding the presence of female champions in League of Legends, the game’s lead gameplay designer reiterated his statements but for a different type of character.
- A new monster champion in development on LoL
- “We focused on diversity in general”
A new monster champion in development on LoL
Diversity seems to be a common thread for Riot Games in creating League of Legends characters. Evidenced by the recent remarks of Ryan Mireles, the lead gameplay designerdeclared to the media Dexerto. He talks about what’s in store for players in the coming months regarding new champions joining Summoner’s Rift, and in particular monster-type champions like Rek’Sai :
We intentionally made fewer monster champions. We released Bel’Veth (160th hero of the game, editor’s note) and we have another monster/creature in development. But it’s still early, so we’ll have to wait a bit before we see it.
“We focused on diversity in general”
In addition, Ryan Mireles indicates that it is Riot’s will to want to release more monster champions in the coming months. An initiative that underlines the studio’s ambition to offer a cast of diverse and varied champions, so that each player finds what they are looking for:
Obviously, it’s not just monsters that we’ve focused on, but diversity in general. This diversity has been a big focus with champions for the past few years, and that includes cultural diversity as well. Nilah (the last champion of the roster, editor’s note) is inspired by South Asia, like Akshan. Vex is a Yordle, while Renata is the archetypal old lady.
Ryan Mireles’ remarks join those he had made at the beginning of the month. The players had then noticed that since the beginning of the year, the five champions created were women. He then indicated that the roster included fewer women than men (60/40). However, it was also found that women who played LoL almost exclusively used female champions. In order not to exclude female players, Riot considered it important to emphasize the creation of female characters.