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Howling Abyss now on PBE!

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Brackhar

Features Designer

03-15-2013

Hey Gang,

It’s been a while since I first talked to you guys about making ARAM an official gameplay mode, and today I’ve got something awesome to share with you. For the past few months I’ve been working with an exceptional team of artists to create a space that’s an appropriate setting for both the epic battles that occur in ARAM and within the world of Runeterra at large. As a result, we’ve completely reworked the Proving Grounds and, in effect, created something entirely new.

Now, instead of fighting on a random bridge over a black void, you’ll be fighting on the Howling Abyss, an ancient landmark in Freljord where the Iceborn finally overthrew their oppressors and sent them tumbling into the chasm below. As you might have guessed from these mysterious journals, there’s more (a lot more!) our story team would love to tell you Freljord – but for now, you’ll have to wait.

Anyway, work is still ongoing on the map, and it’s yet a few patches away from release but we just wanted to invite you guys in a bit earlier than normal to get your thoughts as we begin to polish it up. The environment team will be actively reading the forum and looking for your feedback, so please let us know what you think!



Additionally I wanted to let you guys know that we are actively working on an official matchmaking queue for ARAM and plan to launch it with the map when it’s ready. The queue isn’t currently enabled on PBE as there’s still a good bit of tech work that needs to be resolved to handle the number of players on the environment, but we’re fully committed to giving you guys the best experience that we can. So with that, check out the map and explore what we’ve created; who knows, maybe you’ll even find some surprises!


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aDozez

Junior Member

03-15-2013

Awesome! I cannot wait to play this.


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CaptainLx

Senior Animator

03-15-2013

Hi everyone,

so excited to finally be sharing the news... can't wait to see you all randoming all mid with us in the coming weeks! May the mayhem begin!

Lx


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CrazedPorcupine

Senior Member

03-15-2013

Yus!


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DLChade

Senior Member

03-15-2013

Sounds amazing, i cant wait!

...literally, i cant wait till the PBE is back up and it lets me log in. SO MUCH NEW STUFF TO TEST!
When servers come back up ill be hosting a series of ARAM games for anyone interested.
FOR SCIENCE!


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IndependentWoman

Member

03-15-2013

I wonder who will be crowned ARAM Queen after this is released.


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Cheiron

Huntsman

03-15-2013

I love this.


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BadgerDrool

Senior Member

03-15-2013

You guys are awesome seriously. This is why I have to be disappointed at the Karma visual rework but love you guys anyway.


Guess I'm going to spend a bunch of time on the PBE this round. Three things to test.

I'm guessing there won't be any changes from current proving ground? It's more about giving it an awesome skin? I'm all for it and learning more about an area of Runeterra.


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RonaldLoveCraft

Huntsman

03-15-2013

This looks AMAZING!! Cant wait to find its bugs. Oooo I'm excited.


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IS11d6327cb35cafc124891

Senior Member

03-15-2013

can we play howling abyss against ai bots ?