Champion Sneak Peek: Ao Shin

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sixtwo

Producer

09-07-2013
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As the League of Legends community expands and grows around the world, so too do our influences and inspirations for the game. We thought it would be fun to give you guys a very early peek at one of the champions we're working on while he's still in the early stages. Meet Ao Shin, a powerful storm dragon and guardian of the natural world. Legend holds that when Ionia faces its greatest crisis, Ao Shin will descend from the sky.

Let's start with the inspiration for his name: Ao is the family name of the mythological dragon kings, who rule water and weather. This tells us right away that this is a powerful, elegant being, above the concerns and rules of men. Shin can mean many things, one of which is prosperity. It also means a rising storm. Ao Shin embodies this elemental duality, capable of raining good fortune on his allies and, in the very next breath, bringing stormy, thunderous ruin upon his foes.


The community's been asking for a dragon champion for some time, but we knew we couldn't just do any dragon. With each new champ, we try and push the limits of what's technically and creatively possible. Ao Shin is no different. One of the challenges we're looking forward to tackling is how to capture his unique anatomy and movement in a way that brings a new dimension to the champion pool. It's too early to go into much detail, but we're really excited about the ways this champion will move across the battlefield.

Ao Shin isn't the next champion scheduled to come out, so he's still a ways off and many things are still subject to change. But we wanted to share our inspiration with you and give you a look at the early thought processes that go into champ design. Hopefully you're as excited about his potential as we are to keep working on him!


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tastyfreddy

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09-07-2013

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Shady Cat Dealer

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09-07-2013

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Faceplosion

Senior Member

09-07-2013

I love this open model you guys at Riot are trying out! It's probably not great for building up hype, but it really rewards the active players like us who pay attention to the latest news. I hope you continue to do this for future champions and content, it makes me feel a lot closer to the devs (kind of like watching an indie game get developed.) I think it would be interesting if you used Ao Shin as a pilot, and let us know how his/her development is coming along every 2 weeks or so, see how the community reacts. Personally, I'm also interested to see which direction the community prefers more. Open development allows for fans to get greater access to you and new, exciting news is being constantly revealed. On the other hand, the standard model allows you to easily hype up new content and makes the launch more impactful. Which process do you (Riot) prefer? What process do you think the community as a whole will prefer?


Is there any chance of more sneak peeks for Ao Shin or are we going to have to wait until it's much closer to release before you're ready to give out more info?


EDIT: Also, I love the SGU tie-in. It makes it feel like a lot of skins and events aren't pointless side-stories, and actually have meaning in the world. It's great when lore references appear in the game, especially when you don't expect them to.

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EDIT2: Why isn't this thread stickied? This seems like something that would earn a sticky slot.


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Dahkra

Member

09-07-2013

Thank you based China.


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GrieverXIII

Senior Member

09-07-2013

First page :>.


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Entezio

Senior Member

09-07-2013

SWEeT MOTHER OF GOD


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Dai Tou Zai

Senior Member

09-07-2013

God of mother sweet


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Sun Tzu X2

Senior Member

09-07-2013

I can picture like sidewinding movement, with unique head gestures


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JabbaClown

Senior Member

09-07-2013

BEASt nice work!

Are you going to do a Zbrush art spotlight with him?