Riot Restarts League of Legends Lore

September 05, 2014
I presume most players don't start playing competitive multiplayer games like MOBAs for their lore and story, but sooner or later you have to ask yourself some questions about the world and these characters that you take to battle each day. Why are they fighting in the same place day after day? Is it personal? Do they get paid?  Do they have medical insurance?

Turns out the folks from Riot Games think that the lore for their own League of Legends doesn't quite suit the game anymore, so they decided to wipe it and start over.

In a long dev blog post, Riot's Tommy Gnox explained in detail the reasons for this decision and what's in store in the future.

"The background we’d created to explain in-game action was ultimately restricting the potential narrative development of the game’s defining characters," wrote Gnox.

"At a very broad level, we’ve decided to push League’s story beyond its original focus on explaining in-game action and forge a new narrative path for Runeterra – a world in which the factions and champions we all know and love have full freedom to grow, travel, and kick ass on a worldwide scale. From champion interactions to bios to events (and beyond), we aim to expand the scope of League’s story and pursue a more dynamic and wide-ranging world fit for the outsized capabilities and personalities of our champions."  

Riot's objective for this reboot is to allow the story to develop separate from the gameplay and to become something more that a justification for the game's existence.

"League as a game is about creating awesome gameplay, while League as a story is about creating deep, vibrant characters and factions inhabiting an expansive world." Gnox explained.

"We don’t want to limit story because of gameplay, just like we wouldn’t limit gameplay because of story – we want both of them (and all the other elements of League) to have the freedom to be as great as they possibly can be."

In the future you can expect more updates on the story and lore of League of Legends via blog posts and other "various mediums." 

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