Legends of Runeterra 2023 Roadmap
The Runeterra dev team released a video along with an article laying out their plans for the year 2023.
The roadmap was divided into three parts: what’s expected soon, what’s currently being worked on, and ideas the dev team is exploring.
We’ll be seeing Rotation implemented soon, more LoR-exclusive champions, and Path of Champions content.
As for the competitive aspect, the seasonal tournaments will be replaced with a new competitive system that aims to reward consistent players and increase the caliber going into the World Championship. Additionally, we’ll be receiving prestige PVP rewards and new formats.
Moreover, the team is exploring the possibility of bringing back cross-shard. This should allow players to play with friends on other servers. The return of cross-shard can be a huge competitive boost for both the EMEA and APAC servers that have been struggling to set up consistent grassroots tournaments.
The article doesn’t dig deep into the new competitive system, but it mentions that a second part of the article will be released tomorrow. It should go into more detail about the upcoming format! I’ll update it here once the new information is released.
As a small team of passionate developers, we have been taking your requests for more content with more consistency seriously, and are happy to share what we’ve got planned coming up. In no particular order, you’ll be seeing some pretty big updates in the next couple days, weeks, and months. That includes the new competitive structure (more on that tomorrow), which we’re really excited about. There will even be some exclusive rewards for those who take part in our Beta Season! For those who enjoy the Path of Champions, you’ve got new items, champions, and balances to relics that you can look forward to. Your creativity and deck-building skills will be put to the test in our new Standard format (The format you know and love with all cards legal will still be around as the “Eternal” format). And we think you’ll all get a kick (or a punch) out of our new LoR-exclusive champions coming throughout the year.
A little further out, we’ve got more updates and patches arriving on a new, quarterly release cycle (scroll down for more on that). That means that there won’t be a single month without an expansion, a live-balance patch, or a variety set! For our more flashy or boisterous players, you’ll be receiving ways to show off and flex your achievements on your friends, as well as some chances to get legacy content you may have missed out on. Looking for a challenge worthy of a champion? New Monthly Adventures in The Path of Champions will take you off the beaten path and provide a unique experience with higher stakes for PVE enthusiasts.
And finally, some of our more aspirational goals. While we can’t promise to deliver all of these, they’re features we feel would really benefit the game based on your feedback. We’re looking into all of these options (and more) to see what we may be able to deliver as the year goes on. Have other ideas that you’d like to see the game? Let us know on the dedicated Legends of Runeterra subreddit post!
New Release Cycle
It’s with that in mind that we’re excited to announce that players will have something to look forward to every month of 2023. These quarterly cycles offer a variety of content and updates, tailored to ensure players are not only getting new cards to experiment with, but plenty of game balance as well.
Let’s delve into each of these update types:
These updates will bring new champions and mechanics to LoR. Some familiar faces and fan favorites will be coming to the game this year, alongside several champions exclusive to LoR. Those with a hunger for lore will have their hands full with new glimpses at the realm of Runeterra, and those looking to prove themselves through PVP will have new chances to shake up the meta.
Live Balance Patches:
Like a physical house of cards, balance is key. These patches are not the only times we’ll be fine-tuning the game to make sure everything is operating as intended, but are dedicated spaces where we’ll be focused on addressing anything that may have room for improvement. We’ll be looking for your feedback to ensure that the game feels both fun and fair. Head on over to the LoR subreddit and look for the feedback post each cycle to let us know how we’re doing!
Keeping things fresh, these are small sets of cards that drop every cycle; think of it like a quarterly booster pack or a mini-expansion. Y’all are creative, and we can’t wait to watch as you discover new synergies between these releases and earlier content. Along with the new cards, Variety Sets come with a full balance patch, making updates to any recent aspects that need attention.
Watch and learn
Curious for more? Our devs have put together some short videos over on our YouTube channel to help you understand better what’s coming in 2023. Keep your eyes open over the next couple days for more to release! Make sure to leave us a comment and follow Bard’s lead (click that Subscribe
Join in the community
We’re looking forward to hearing from you as we continue to share more about Legends of Runeterra throughout 2023. So please let us know what you think sounds awesome, what you still would like to see, and any other feedback you might have! Our devs will be lurking the subreddit, so make sure to take part in the conversation there!