28 April 2017 - 18:14

More "sexy girl champions" are on their way to League of Legends

Riot says that making female champions attractive is a good thing—as long as it makes sense.
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More sexy women are on their way to League of Legends. As champions, that is. Don’t get any ideas.

It’s been over three years since the last “appealing” female character was released (Jinx), and Riot believes it’s time to create another, according to the latest Ask Riot. You might be looking at Syndra, Miss Fortune, Ahri, Morgana, Caitlyn, Evelynn, Elise, etc., and thinking to yourself, “Don’t we have enough already?” Well, yes, we do. We have more than enough. That’s why Riot has been making a conscious effort to avoid the typical “hourglass” physique when designing new champions since 2013.

The company doesn’t want to create champions that ooze sex appeal simply as a draw when it doesn’t thematically make sense for the champion in question. For example, why is Caitlyn clad in a thin skirt and tiny vest? Caitlyn can wear whatever she wants, but does that really make sense for the battle-hardened sheriff of Piltover? On the other hand, if Ahri is a succubus that relies on luring men nearby to feed on them, she should probably look the part. Riot is saying that it’s okay to make sexy champions, as long as it makes sense and fits their identity.

Not to mention that there are numerous ways to express attractiveness. Ahri and Evelynn may be attractive in the “Look, sex,” kind of way, but that’s not always the case in League. Lux and Sejuani have that leadership-fueled courage vibe going on, and Jinx has the “extremely unstable in every sense of the phrase” schtick. Oh, and don’t get us started on Alistar. After all, you can’t milk those. As long as the visuals of a champion play along with who they are as individuals, Riot says it won’t be shying away from taking the sexy road any time in the near future.

Speaking of which, Miss Fortune’s splash art overhaul is underway right now, according to a comment from Riot on the League forums. We don’t know what the new splash arts will look like yet, but judging by Sejuani’s newly redone art, we don't expect Miss Fortune's updates to make her any less attractive either.

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