League of Legends preseason 2022 has been providing gamers with a sneak peek at what season 12 will look like next year. Is Riot Games planning to release the next League of Legends champion as the preseason progresses?
Riot added four new champions to the game this year: Viego, Gwen, Akshan, and Vex. Riot had set a goal of releasing one champion for each role every year, with the exception of two mid laners, according to the Champion Road Map annotations.
Riot Games was unable to meet that goal, but it is constantly working on new champions that are well-balanced for League of Legends.
When Will the Next League of Legends Champion Be Announced?
Riot had planned to introduce a new AD Carry and support toward the end of the year as various events came out, but they discovered that they did not fit the theme of the event. Riot has decided to delay the rollout of these new champions rather than change their course.
Riot teases the arrival of a new marksman and support in the pipeline. Riot has built a “kinetic marksman” in the hopes that their auto assaults will give the game a shooter feel.
Meanwhile, the support appears to be based on the notion that money is power. Furthermore, Riot writes, “Technology, power, people. All can be bought when you have enough cash.” The new marksmen are scheduled to be launched early next year, with support following a few patches later.
Riot also writes in the notes that there are currently no plans to totally rework a champion, as they did with Udyr this year, but the company intends to visually update and sustain older champions.
Although the upgrades are mainly cosmetic, champions like Alistar, which hasn’t been visually updated since 2015, will be modernised and given a fresh, new design in 2022.