League of Legends Developer Will be Rebooting All of the Game’s Lore
Rebooting the entire lore of a game, and starting again from scratch is not something we witness everyday. In a blog entry from developer Tommy Gnox entitled Exploring Runeterra, the dev is explaining how and why League of Legends’ lore needs to be rebooted.
Story has the potential to affect every element of League of Legends, so the decision to venture into new narrative territory wasn’t made quickly or capriciously. The need for change only became apparent over time, and the choice was made only after a great deal of deliberation. Further, we want you to know that this new approach is focused on opening up possibilities and unlocking a wider, more fully-fledged world – the point isn’t to tear up older stories that form their own cherished part of League’s history.
But what does that mean?
Essentially, it means that the game and story aren’t one-to-one copies of each other.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. 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.
Does this mean older story efforts like the Journal of Justice and League Judgments are meaningless? Of course not. In the same way that we can go back and enjoy old books, shows, films, art, and comics that have been superseded by more recent interpretations of the same material, League’s original lore remains a cherished part of its history. From comic books to classic literature, exploration of the same creative space in vastly different ways is a natural part of storytelling.
While League of Legends is certainly not a story-driven game, I’m sure that this decision will affect a few players. When most MOBA addicts just go and hunt for the pentakill, there are some enthusiasts that really deep into the game’s story.