New League of Legends Dev Update Discusses Arena Game Mode, Quick Play, and More

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A new League of Legends dev update video has been published, featuring League Studio head Andrei “Meddler” Van Roon and executive producer Jeremy “Brightmoon” Lee. The video covered the dev’s thoughts on the direction of the newly released Arena game mode, an update on the Quick Play feature, and more.

Here’s everything that was covered in the dev video:

  • The team will be actively listening to players’ feedback and gauging the mode’s popularity before making any decisions on whether Arena will return.
  • If Arena does return, the team would like to implement features like custom lobbies and queueing with multiple friends.
  • Arena-specific balance changes will be made, including a mixture of champion-specific changes and simple percentage adjustments, as needed.
  • An Arena FAQ dev blog answering a number of players’ questions was just published today.
  • Players can meet the team behind the development of Arena in a behind-the-scenes video.
  • Quick Play, which was put on hold to prioritize Soul Fighter, Arena and the Ranked changes, is in the works and is planned for release later this year.
  • The Star Guardian Seraphine and Orianna skins that came from Wild Rift have been performing really well—they’ve been two of the most popular skins this year.
  • The team is working on bringing Redeemed Xayah and Rakan over later this year.
  • The Blue Essence Emporium will return in patch 13.17 and the team is aiming to bring it back twice a year going forward.
  • A mass disenchant feature will be implemented to quickly disenchant unneeded champion shards.
  • New ability icons for Graves, Janna, Jarvan, Nami, Orianna and Varus will be released in August, with other champions to follow.
  • In the next Dev Update, the team will talk more about how Arena’s been going and their thoughts on the future of Arena and other modes.
  • The team will also have updates to share on Preseason, the visual and audio update for Jax and the newest champion, Briar.

As the video was recorded before the release of Arena on live servers, it’ll be interesting to see how the devs react to player sentiment of the game mode. Given that many have been vocal about their enjoyment of the game, with some clamoring for it to remain as a permanent mode, one can only hope that Riot will feel incentivized enough to keep it around, at least every now and then as a rotating mode.

Until then, we’ll have to wait for the next dev update from Riot, which should include quite a bit of information regarding Arena following the mode’s live server release, so stay tuned.

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