Ironstylus: "We're on track to release a VU every month or so."

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Smited Your Mom

Senior Member

01-30-2014

Iron, what's going on with you guys and Fiora?

For months, over a year, we've had red posts that have had 4-6 month gaps between responses. Can we just hear what the hell is going on?


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OctaSteve

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01-30-2014

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Originally Posted by IronStylus View Post
Also, we're still hammering out process, especially with the aforementioned concept phase. That's not just concept art, that's also thematic clarification/overhaul. Creating some pillars for the character, reinforcing/revamping story, and generally figuring out how to capture charm. It's a very intense process actually because unlike champions or skins, what we're dealing with has a ton of emotion attached to it. Everyone has an opinion and everyone has feedback. It can be challenging to navigate those waters, but it's our job to come to a consensus. With a large group of passionate people, that consensus takes a lot of discussion.

We're still figuring out how to best approach that concepting process. Get people involved, pitching in, and letting people who are passionate drive the product and hold vision. I've found myself not doing as much straight forward concept work, but rather finding who's passionate about a relaunch and getting them assigned as the primary artist. I think that's a better allocation of my time and better way to insure people feel included.

It's a process fraught with challenges and emotions but we're working on it.
Serious: Getting a group of people to agree on anything specific is a painful process.

Fun: How many work injury reports will be filed durin the eventual Leona "discussion?"


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General Veers

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01-30-2014

Hello Mr. Parrot,

I believe that your company is already doing an exceptional job when it comes to community engagement and discussion about stuff that's in the pipeline.

It's plain to see that you've got a massive fan base that is bursting with opinions and ideas, all too eager to help out.

Forum and reddit engagement are one thing, but I'd like to propose that Riot takes community engagement one step further by creating a formalized feedback tool.

It could take the form of a survey. Or a series of images where users choose their favourite of 3. Maybe we'd get IP for creating new surveys for others to fill out, or for answering them. There's probably a more creative variant of this idea that I'm missing.

It seems like this kind of thing could be of use.

Thanks for the great game!
- Veers


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Dunal

Senior Member

01-30-2014

Thanks for the responses. I hope you know that I do feel there are clearly passionate members of Riot who are doing their best to improve the game (such as yourself). My concerns were mainly attributed to Riot as a whole. And while we can be harsh, there are genuine issues at hand. Coming from EUW, I can testify that.

However... one of the next VU better be Taric.

Otherwise it will be truly outrageous. I hope you know.


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questir

Senior Member

01-30-2014

I bet one of them is Ryze


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chaser676

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01-30-2014

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Originally Posted by IronStylus View Post
Currently we have 4 VU's/Relaunches in the pipe, including the Sion relaunch which is a while out. Not going to spoil what's grouped into our launch cadence but we're now beginning to project what's going to slot in between other slotted relaunches if Sion's takes a while longer.

That said, we have aspirations to do a relaunch per month, but it's not a hard deliverable we must hit. It's what we want to hit. It's what we plan to hit, but it's not always feasible if we encounter problems.

Problems can be anything from the theme of the character being unclear and how we go about tackling that more philosophical side of a relaunch. That can sometime be the biggest point of contention. Production is often easy. Modelling, animation, VFX, while challenging is often more of a straight forward process and series of deliverables than something that's a lot more malleable and subjective like the concepting/thematic solidification theme.


In addition to process and concepting, we also had a fairly long break over the holidays, and that's pretty standard not to be producing content during that time. We had about 3 champions in various states of completion before we left. Some near the end of production, some in the middle, some at the end of the concept phase. Who knows, we might end up having a few close proximity VU's together because we have a couple of champions as a pretty late state hanging out in the polish phase. Not sure.

Either way, it's the beginning of the year, and we only recently got back into full steam. There's a lot coming this year. I think you'll be pleased with the results.

This sounds familiar


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SmokingPuffin

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01-30-2014

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This sounds familiar
I thought that rework team put out a pretty impressive product last year, given that it was their first year of trying to do this.

Now that they have some experience under their belt and understand what the community likes and dislikes in reworks, I expect this year's results to be even better.


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Pangrine

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01-30-2014

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I thought that rework team put out a pretty impressive product last year, given that it was their first year of trying to do this.

Now that they have some experience under their belt and understand what the community likes and dislikes in reworks, I expect this year's results to be even better.
Inb4 Soraka gets her current kit scrapped and is given 3 nukes and a shield for her "remake". That way everyone can play her and do "mad l337 deeps"


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Arduno

Senior Member

01-30-2014

this made me curios to whats coming


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HUMBLE SL4YER

Member

01-30-2014

i pray to baron that rumble is one of these vu's so we can see another skin for the poor yordle! <3