Riot Video games just lately launched League of Legends gamers to the sport’s latest champion: Gwen, a doll who fights with a large pair of spectral scissors. Whereas some followers are enthusiastic about her inclusion, she’s additionally began a debate inside the neighborhood over whether or not or not Gwen could be too engaging. Having characters who’re thought-about too scorching may seem to be an odd concern for anybody to have, however the discussions must do with Riot’s design tendencies over time.
In the case of gameplay, Gwen appears to be like fairly commonplace for a contemporary high lane champion. She has highly effective scissor assaults and may transfer swiftly. Lore-wise, she’s extra difficult — Gwen was stitched collectively by Isolde, a Queen, who later died in a botched assassination. Isolde’s husband Viego tried to carry her again with a ritual, however issues went terribly fallacious. The Shadow Isles, filled with ghosts and ghouls have been created, and a part of Isolde went into Gwen and animated the doll.
Some followers assume that Riot haven’t gone far sufficient to make Gwen really feel distinctive in such a giant roster. She has a number of delicate sew marks on her arms and neck, and her expressions are fairly odd since she’s not used to creating them. However aside from that, she appears to be like like a fairly, slim younger lady. Certain, she’s a doll, however within the gangster parlance — not an developed toy made for kids. With over 140 champions on the League roster, a lot of whom are younger, slim ladies, Gwen’s large distinction is her fancy hair and massive scissors.
Neighborhood artists have made strategies on what a brand new, extra doll-like Gwen may seem like, utilizing the unique as inspiration.
The Gwen controversy is an element of a bigger gripe that a part of the League fanbase has been nursing for a while — each latest champion is a complete hottie. Viego, the aforementioned grief-stricken king, wears an open jacket that exhibits off his immaculate abs. Swain, the chief of the Noxian Empire, obtained a rework in 2018 that gave him cheekbones and a killer jaw. Rell, a tortured teen who was despatched to evil Hogwarts for struggle crimes, doesn’t seem like a traumatized 16 yr previous. Everybody’s weirdly engaging, just like the world of Runeterra is the set of Riverdale.
Ryan “Reav3” Mireles, lead champion producer on League of Legends, dropped by Reddit to share some design insights associated to Gwen, seemingly in response to a few of these discussions and criticisms. Based on Mireles, Gwen was designed to be extra human-like in an effort hold her distinct from different members of the forged.
“We talked about this A LOT internally and we had some early variations the place she was extra of [an] animated doll,” he wrote in a single thread. “The principle cause we pivoted to the remodeled doll method was to separate her extra from Shaco, in addition to Orianna. So fairly then having 2 animated dolls and a automaton, now we have a automaton, and animated doll and a remodeled doll (like Pinocchio.)”
Based on Mireles, Riot is conscious of fan demand for extra mundane and monstrous champions. In a single remark, he wrote, “Whereas we’re shifting to do much less straight people, (although this doesnt imply much less humanoids, it simply means we need to do extra stuff like Renekton/Aatrox/Lillia as in humanoids) the consequences of that shift received’t actually be seen till 2022, since champ timelines are so lengthy. And this doesnt imply we don’t need to make creatures anymore, we do, it simply doesnt imply we plan on out of the blue making tons of creatures, simply much less pure people.”
Extra particulars about Gwen, together with the specifics of her package, are forthcoming. Whereas she’s nonetheless being examined, it’s unlikely Riot will make main modifications to her design.