League of Legends Main Map Getting Graphical Overhaul

Summoner's Rift to get large visual update; creeps will also receive aesthetic changes.

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Riot Games will be rolling out a new look for League of Legends' main map, Summoner's Rift.

The announcement was posted on the official League of Legends blog today. While the update will change the way the map looks, its structure will stay the same. Flashable walls, turret ranges, lane sizes, brush interaction, and ward placements will remain untouched.

The two opposing sides of the map will be updated to better reflect the visual differences between its Western half and Eastern half. Neutral creeps will also be updated with new designs to "more accurately reflect their respective gameplay characteristics."

Riot Games was unable to provide a launch window for the update, but did confirm it would be rolling out more information via developer blogs, live Q&A sessions, and include development news in patch notes.

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Discussion

31 comments
jotin2
jotin2

@vadagar1 people who says that obviously never played dota 2 themselves, you guys are just seeing other people posting it and it became a big deal. The only thing that is somewhat similar is that some of the areas has a dark feel like dota but graphics wise its nothing alike lol dont be a follower

cipri_28
cipri_28

hahaha aesthetically now it looks very similar to Dawngate.


Daveof89
Daveof89

And yet, they still won't make a rotatable camera. Purple side sucks every time...

deliciouspoints
deliciouspoints

How is this different than from what we have now? I don't see the changes.. =(

blackothh
blackothh

I can see many people having heart attacks when reading this.

I will say that the art in that picture looks amazing. Totally the style of art I enjoy.

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

Meanwhile in Dominion...

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Why not add another map? You get millions every year and still only have two - three maps?

user_pt
user_pt

The map certainly needs a visual update, but I don't really like this cartoonish treatment both champs and now Summoner's Rift are getting. And, as @wexorian correctly stated, this will only make sense if most of the older champions that haven't got a visual update yet do get it now.

wexorian
wexorian

Riot will need to Upgrade visuals for all champs coz most of old champs don't fit this enviroment, looks quite good keep it up :)

lostn
lostn

I want to know what the blue side's turrets look like from the front. All this time we've never seen it.

hastati4
hastati4

I don't really agree with their choice to make the separate halves of the map different visually, but otherwise I think the update looks great, and is a much needed facelift for the game.

Vexov
Vexov

If this is the first time they've been updated everything, guess they're feeling some pressure. Blizzards Heroes of the Storm might be a flop are great brawler, either way it must put a lot of pressure on LoL with everything they're trying to do. The majority of players are probably casual and thats what Heroes can really draw in. The main concern right now seem to be the 5man ball of heroes from right at the start running around, not exactly fun if the game will force this type of play.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

There bascially copying Dawngate so everyone goes OMG DAWNGATE IZ A LOL CLONE DAWG!!!


Riot are sneaky like that

normanislost
normanislost

Erm..... you should really get your eyes looked at

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@Dannystaples14 Yeah, you're right.  The NFL is a multi-billion dollar corporation.  They should add different type of fields.  They should make some 60 yards.  Some 150 yards.  Some wider.  Some more narrow.  They have so much money, let's change everything!

user_pt
user_pt

@Dannystaples14 What matters in the game isn't the map. Look at it this way: you only have one kind of pitch for each sport.

Gen007
Gen007

@Vexov They have upgraded the rift before and have been constantly update pretty much all aspects of the game for awhile now. They add new items and champs they rework old ones visually znd gameplay wise. This is not something they have just started doing. Also i really doubt lol is feeling the pressure from anyone right now. Only game that even comes close is dota 2 and lol still trumps that by quite a bit in terms of popularity and players. HOTS is really a blip on the radar in comparison.

Stebsis
Stebsis

@user_pt @Dannystaples14 Yeah, but LoL is not a sport, it's a game that's not restricted by real life and rules set ages ago. Of course more variety matters.

wexorian
wexorian

@Vexov @steaminpotatoes Lol is Better version of dota m it's more advanced and tricky,  since it's launch when valve and tohers  seen that it was way more popular and riot was making millions, they made dota 2 and other million moba, but dota 2 is still fun i'm playng both of em.

normanislost
normanislost

Yes variety matters and that's where the champions come into play hundreds of 5 man combos combined with player skills and tactics are the most entertaining part

Out of 1200 games I've never played the dominion map, 3 games in twisted treeline, 300 in Arams and everything else on this map

user_pt
user_pt

@lilflipp @user_pt @Dannystaples14 To me the strategy, the teamplay and the
champions are much more important than the map. Besides, the fact that I know the map pretty well by know allows me (and the team) to make more complex plays and use the map to my advantage. I'm not against Riot making more maps, but I just don't see the lack of more maps as a big issue.

Elixir99
Elixir99

@wexorian @Vexov @steaminpotatoes no its the opposite lol is easier thats why its more popular, plus it came out years before dota 2 and rly enstamblished that 3rd world free to play crowd that infests anything free and can be played on a potatoe. you cant even micro or control multiple units in LoL as an example of how dumbed down from the original dota it is

tesr1987
tesr1987

@wexorian @Vexov @steaminpotatoes Are you crazy???? LoL is a 50 piece puzzle and Dota is a 1000...LoL is for kids, that game it is simple as breathing, and it gets boring because of that...85% of my games i am the mvp...now in dota that's another story