League of Legends' visual updates are glorious. It's only fitting that one of the League's most glorious champions is next in line. Twitch, the rat and not the livestream website, will soon be waking up with a nose job. Well, that and so much more. All of Twitch's skins are being updated with Riot's 2014 skin quality expectations. That includes all new voice-over, a new "rig" that includes legs (Twitch currently doesn't have legs), and delightful stink animations.
Perhaps most importantly, however, is Riot's dedication to retaining Twitch's personality and style through the changes. Dedicating a large portion of the announcement post to the subject, Riot wants all Twitch players to know that they're doing their best to make sure the character will be familiar after the rework:
"We loved Twitch’s character, and took active steps not just to preserve it in the rework, but give it avenues to really shine. Now, his models, animations and voice over reinforce the same slightly manic and silly-but-he’s-still-killing-me-ow-my-face persona. Check the video above to hear a couple of his lines."
As part of the update Riot is also making a few visual changes that will improve Twitch's gameplay. That is, they're adding or changing a few animations to better help with information conveyance. Here are those changes:
- "We added a sound effect and puff of poison particles to better indicate the moment when Ambush’s invisibility kicks in. This should better indicate to Twitch players when they’ve turned invisible, particularly when they’re being attacked."
- "We gave Expunge a range indicator, and added a particle linking Twitch with his Expunged victims. This should help players on the opposite team understand why their health just took a nosedive."
- "We added extra particles to Spray and Pray that show who else is being hit by Twitch’s ult. This should help both Twitch and his enemies see where his damage is going."
Plus, on top of all the updates Twitch is already getting, there's also a new bit of lore for the plague rat too. It... it paints an apt picture of Twitch, that's for sure. Check that out over at Riot's official site.
Twitch's visual rework with soon be added to the League of Legends PBE along with new splash art and the whole shebang. After Riot deems him bug tested and ready to go then we'll update everyone when he's pushed to the live servers.