A new year means a new League of Legends season. And for the past few years, that has also meant a big cinematic trailer to announce the new season. However, this time the trailer for League of Legends’ next season was quite boring and disappointing, especially compared to last year. In fact, the community response was so bad that Riot felt the need to apologize and explain why the trailer was so lackluster on Twitter.
Since 2018, Riot has created and released extremely cinematic and epic trailers for each new season of the long-running F2P MOBA. Last year’s trailer for the 2022 season was particularly popular with fans, cited as one of the best trailers the company has ever produced for League of Legends. And past trailers have also been big hits among the community. The anticipation around the new season and this year’s trailer was therefore very high.
So it’s even worse than the trailer we got, called The Brink of Infinity, was a boring narration of about two minutes while the camera hovers over the famous battlefield of Lol. And that’s all. As you’d expect, the community and its many players basically started diving into this trailer from the moment it went live yesterday.
“After the 2022 cutscene, I can’t even begin to explain how DISAPPOINTING this year’s cutscene is,” one user commented on YouTube. “I never thought that I [would] never liked a League cutscene,” another viewer said. Many others joked that the new trailer was just the original Lol map, Summoner’s Rift, re-rendered in Unreal Engine 5. In less than an hour, it reportedly had over 5,000 dislikes. As I write this now, the trailer has over 170,000 dislikes. On Twitter and Reddit, people criticized the trailer, with some complaining that Riot cared more about its popularity FPS Valorant than his aging MOBA.
After hours and hours of these reactions flooding in with rumors and raging speculation that Riot had no intention of supporting League of Legends as much as before or the game might be dying the studio itself stepped in and explained via a Twitter feed what happened with the trailer and apologized to the community.
“This year, unprecedented circumstances led us to choose an alternate approach for the 2023 season video,” Riot explained. “However, we thought it could still embody the vast universe and competitive spirit of League while celebrating the start of a new season. But we heard your feedback, and we want to recognize that Brink of Infinity has missed the mark for the action-packed, champ-driven trailer you’ve been waiting for and led to further speculation about our investment in League.”
Riot further explained that it should have been “more forthcoming” about the trailer and its different approach this year, suggesting this could have helped avoid the “feeling” that the company wasn’t as invested in it. Lol in 2023 as in the past.
“We believe League has a bright future and are investing in it, but we can do a better job of sharing these plans with you,” Riot tweeted. “We’re committed to bringing you more details on what this investment looks like in the coming days. We truly appreciate your passion and feedback, and League’s success would not be possible without your dedication. Thank you.”
Kotaku has reached out to Riot for further comment on the trailer and community reaction.
The response to Riot’s Twitter feed was mixed, with some happy that it at least acknowledged the disappointment and frustration and others upset that Riot wasn’t doing more to support League of Legends and its community. And for many, that response doesn’t allay their concerns that the company might focus more on other projects and games, like Valorantand could put League back burner.
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