Visual and gameplay updates (VGU) are something that players in League of Legends have been asking for for a long time.
League of Legends is a ten year old game, which means that several assets are out of date and feel very clunky. Although the game went through a few graphical updates, the champions that were made years ago are still around.
League of Legends has a large number of champions so changing the graphics and gameplay will be time consuming.
At Riot Games, however, there seems to be more to it than that. As a result, the chances of certain champions like Vayne and Caitlyn getting a VGU are pretty slim.
Even if it does, players may have to wait a long time as Riot believes it is not worth the time and money.
The financial investment for running VGU in League of Legends is much more than the money from selling skins
Whenever a champion is supposed to have a VGU, the developers change the appearance of the champion and revise the splash art and the in-game model. Their attack and movement animation has also been changed.
However, this means that the changes must also affect the champion’s skins. Hence, Riot has to do extra work to make sure the champion feels newer than ever.
This is as difficult as it sounds and is worth a lot of time and money. That being said, if a player leads the champion in League of Legends, chances are they don’t want a VGU.
This is because changes in the attack animation mean an adjustment 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 networks.
Other than that, as developer Riot Axes mentioned, while skins sales go up for a champion receiving a VGU, it doesn’t go up by much compared to newer skins.
The primary cost tends to be on the artistic side of things, and therefore Riot does not tend to go towards a VGU.
Riot Axes also mentioned that they would try to make more VGUs than they had in 2021. However, the chances are that the speed at which this is done will not increase significantly.
Note: This article reflects the views of the author.
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