For the uninitiated, Colt "Ezreal" Hallam is one of Riot's eldest game designers. For years now ( it's funny to think it that long ), he's maintained an "@Ezreal" thread on the forums where he answers an onslaught of questions from summoners. He just responded with three pages of answers today and a few of those contained some pretty nifty information.
Continue reading for a few small quips from Ezreal, including a few hints at future champions, and more!
The below answers are just a sample from the last three big response selections. I tried to snag the most informative and group them appropriately, but it's still a little messy.
On Future Champions
Answering a summoners asking if we will have a another yordle ( think Teemo and Tristana ) jungler in the next year, Ezreal responded:
" Barring unforeseen circumstances, yes."
Ezreal also mentioned there is at least one more support in the works and it is a HE, saying:
"Well, we work on champions as far as 8 months ahead of time. So yes, there is at least one more support in the works. And HE...is one of the coolest characters I have seen in League of Legends."
When questioned if we will be getting either a new FEMALE ad carry or another mage champion who utilized ice, Ezreal simply responded with a "2013 will be a good year for you...".
Lastly, he vaguely teased the idea of more Zaun champions and Lissandra the Ice Dervish, a much requested lore character, by simply responding "Yes"
On Other Projects
Responding to a summoner asking what happened to the lore, assuming he's referring to stuff like the cancelled Journal of Justice Project, Ezreal said:
"We refocused where the lore department should focus. Rather than giving small bits of trivial information we instead focused on drilling down on our IP internally. Now we feel that we can do more interesting and better things. 2013 will be a good year for lore!"
He also briefly mentioned alternate Announcer voices, a feature common in other MOBAs, saying:
"I hope we offer players alternate announcer packs, though honestly it hasn't come up that often. I recently brought this up to one of our design departments, and we are going to look into it again."
Switching gears to champion reworks, Ezreal responded to a summoner asking if Riot plans to update boring ( his personal example was Wukong ) champions instead of just broke or outdated champions.
"Well, our primary focuses in doing champion updates are as follows: make the character more fun, fix the core problems, and don't remove what make the character fun in the first place. So yes we redesign characters to make them more fun.
That being said, I don't believe we would update a character like Wukong. We specifically made his kit simple with easy combos and a single ability that can be used for amazing effects. Take for example a lot of our early champions. Yes they are easier to use than our newer champions, but that is by design. We want champions that new players can join the game and fully understand on their first play through. Having a wide range of characters in both skill level and play style only improves our play experience."
In the past Ezreal has fielded questions about Heimerdinger's ability update and, unfortunately, he had nothing new to say about it; just an explanation on what's taking so long.
"Still planned, we just need the art resources to do it. Basically we had it mostly done and then Xyph was put on the S3 item overhaul. You can guess which project was more important."
-Female AD carry
-Lissandra, Ashe's sister
-Lore, lore, lore.
-Maybe announcer packs
-Wukong will stay boring
-Heimerdinger was almost finished until Xypherous the Savior of LoL went to s3 items.
All I'm interested in is the part where they talk about how Black Cleaver and Blackfire Torch are being removed from the game. Also looking for the part where they make defense more cost efficient like they do anti-defense.