Champions aren't the only ones getting visual updates in League of Legends. After much fan feedback, Riot Games have decided it's time to give the League client a makeover, from the patcher to the landing page you see upon logging in.
In a recent update on the League of Legends site, Riot Ventropy gives an extensive rundown of what the devs are planning and detailed insight on these changes. The most noticeable change is going to be visual, redesigned to actually focus on game content and media. In the near future, the patcher will actually display patch notes, champ spotlights and the latest free-to-play champ rotations. Clicking on any of these categories won't just redirect you to the website either, but actually show the contents within the patcher, giving you a little reading material to go through while patching the game.
The above image actually illustrates how the new patcher might look, but it's also still a work in progress and subject to change before release. Here's what Ventropy had to say on the subject:
Let's use the free champion rotation as a concrete example. Our current patcher shows a few names from the rotation in the news feed, but you have to click through to a web article to see the full list. With the upcoming changes, we can highlight the entire Free to Play rotation directly in the patcher. The Patch Notes have also been pulled in so you can read up on the latest changes while you’re downloading them.
This new layout applies visual focus to all content, displaying media with every item. To accommodate these visuals, we increased the patcher's size, giving us more real estate to keep a few key pieces surfaced and make it easier to browse other articles. We also took the opportunity to group up 'core' patching tools by condensing the download progress bar, service availability indicator and region selector at the top of the patcher. Your patching progress has also been merged into one bar to provide more streamlined information.
The new client landing page -- where you're directed upon logging in -- will see some layout changes similar to the patcher, with some additional "content types thrown into the mix." The space given to content will be expanded, stretching all the way to the edge of the screen, though the client size remains the same, so the menu bar up top isn't going to change much, sans a "bit of cleanup" to the buttons.
The client landing page will pull in the same layout changes as the patcher with a few additional content types thrown into the mix. As part of this update, we've extended content all the way to the screen edges. We haven't changed the client's size, though, so we didn't need to reorganize any of the client's other features (aside from a bit of cleanup to the menu buttons).
Beyond the visual stuff, Riot is also looking to implement some new technology to improve the pre-game experience, as they call it. This should improve client stability above all, without making any drastic alterations. Expect more to come.