At the start of the yr, Riot Games hinted at a brand new characteristic on the best way to its flagship MOBA sport someday this yr: League of Legends announcer packs. That is, the choice to decide on totally different in-game announcers when firing up a brand new match. It’s an thrilling prospect, however sadly, it’s been placed on the backburner for now.
That’s in accordance with a brand new “Ask Riot” post on the League web site, through LoL communications lead Ryan Ok. Rigney, who’s highlighted “some powerful information re. voice packs in League” on Twitter. “When we teased announcer packs earlier this yr,” director of manufacturing, Jonathan ‘Bellissimoh’ Belliss, says within the weblog submit, “we had hoped to launch the primary ones this fall, however we’ve determined to place them on maintain for now.”
As you may anticipate, the explanation ties into the difficulties the continued COVID-19 outbreak is inflicting for devs. “We’re going through surprising manufacturing constraints on account of COVID-19,” Belliss explains, “and avoiding well being dangers is a prime precedence – we don’t wish to endanger the security of exterior companions like VO actors.”
The impact of the outbreak on dev work extends past announcer packs, too, in accordance with the submit. “This is impacting extra than simply announcer packs,” the director continues. “Legendary skins and Champions are additionally going through new manufacturing challenges.”
Belliss notes that there’s no “one-size-fits-all answer” to this subject, as there are many components to think about, for instance every area’s necessities, the kind of voiceover, and different considerations. However, he provides the devs have been “capable of finding options for upcoming Legendary skins and Champions to this point” and will preserve gamers posted if “something adjustments”.
Some powerful information re: voice packs in League
— Ryan Ok. Rigney (@RKRigney) May 21, 2020
So, whereas it seems to be we received’t be capable of anticipate announcer packs to reach this fall, it seems like they’re not off the desk – simply on maintain in the meanwhile. For now, you will get a have a look at adjustments which are headed to the sport very quickly, with LoL patch 10.11 – and boy, there are loads to see.