Like an enemy champion leaping out from tall grass, Riot Games has revealed that League of Legends will be getting an overhaul to its 5v5 map, Summoner's Rift. According to a post highlighting some of the changes, the update is focused on five main tenets: clarity and readability, visual fidelity, gameplay, thematic cohesion and performance. So what does that mean for you?
For one, the map is getting new textures and a new color palette. The bright, saturated hues in the current map have been toned down, making minions, monsters and champions stand out more against it. The map is also being redesigned so that north and south sides more closely mirror one another, and the camera angle is being tweaked.
Monsters in the game's jungle areas are being redesigned and, in some cases, replaced with completely new ones. A frog-like creature named Gromp, for example, is a new enemy with a powerful ranged attack. Beasts also make animated entrances when players come within range, instead of instantly appearing when revealed on the map.
The Summoner's Rift update is in pre-beta, meaning it's still a ways away from being playable on either the public beta test or live game servers.