Visual and gameplay updates (VGU) are something players have long asked for in League of Legends.
League of Legends is a ten-year-old game, which means that several parts are outdated and feel very clunky. Although the game has had some graphical updates, the champions from years ago still exist.
League of Legends has a large number of champions, so changing the visual aspects and gameplay aspects will be time consuming.
However, there seems to be more to it when it comes to Riot Games. As a result, the chances of certain champions such as Vayne and Caitlyn receiving a VGU are quite low.
Even if it happens, players may have to wait a long time because Riot doesn’t think it’s worth the time and money.
Financial investment to run VGU in League of Legends is much more than money obtained from skin sales
Whenever a champion is supposed to have a VGU, the developers change the champion’s appearance and rework the splash art and in-game model. Their attack and movement animation has also changed.
However, this means that the changes must also reflect on the champion’s skin. That’s why Riot has to go the extra mile to make sure the champion feels newer than ever.
This is as difficult as it sounds and takes a lot of time and money. Apart from that, if a player is playing the champion within League of Legends, chances are they don’t want a VGU.
This is because changes in the attack animation mean you have to adapt to the champion, which lowers the player’s skill level. Gamers don’t want to feel like their time is wasted, so they rarely look for updates on their mains.
Other than that, as the developer Riot Axes mentioned, while skin sales are increasing for a champion receiving a VGU, it’s not much compared to newer skins.
Primary costs tend to be on the art side of things, which is why Riot tends not to move in the direction of a VGU.
Riot Axes also said they would like to do more VGUs than they had in 2021. However, there is a good chance that the speed at which this is done will not increase significantly.
Note: This article reflects the opinion of the author.
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