The new League of Legends trailer is so bad that Riot had to explain it

The new League of Legends trailer is so bad that Riot had to explain it

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New Year means new League of Legends season. And for the past few years, that’s also meant a big, cinematic trailer to announce the new season. However, this time the trailer for League of Legends’ the next season was pretty dull and unimpressive, especially compared to last year. In fact, the response from the community was so bad that Riot felt the need to apologize and explain why the trailer was so lackluster on Twitter.

Since 2018, Riot has been creating and releasing highly 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 had ever produced for League of Legends. And past trailers have also been big hits with the community. So the expectations surrounding this year’s new season and trailer were very high.

So it makes it even worse that the actual trailer we got, titled The Brink of Infinity, was a boring two minutes or so of narration as the camera flies around the famous battlefield from lol. And that’s it. As you might expect, the community and its many players have been all over this trailer since it went live yesterday.

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“After the 2022 cinematic, I can’t even begin to explain how DISAPPOINTING this year’s is,” commented one YouTube user. “I never thought that I [would] I don’t like cinematically from League ever,” said another viewer. Many others joked that the new trailer was just the original lol map, Summoner’s Rift, remade in Unreal Engine 5. In less than an hour it it reportedly has over 5k dislikes. As I write this now, the trailer has over 170k dislikes. People on Twitter and Reddit were critical of the trailer, with some complaining that Riot was more interested in its popular FPS Evaluation than its outdated MOBA.

After hours and hours of these reactions pouring in along with the rampant rumors and speculation that Riot doesn’t plan to support League of Legends as much as it had before or that the game could be dying, the studio itself stepped in and explained via a Twitter thread what happened to the trailer and apologized to the community.

“There were some unprecedented circumstances this year that led us to choose an alternative video approach for the 2023 season,” Riot explained. “However, we believed it could still embody the League’s broad universe and competitive spirit as we celebrate the start of a new season.” But we’ve heard your feedback, and we want to acknowledge that Brink of Infinity missed the mark for the action-packed, champion-driven trailer you’ve come to expect, and led to further speculation about our investment in League.”

Riot further explained that it needed to be “more communicative” about the trailer and its different approach this year, suggesting that it could help avoid the “feeling” that the company wasn’t as invested in lol in 2023 as it has been in the past.

“We believe League has a bright future and we’re investing in it, but we can do a better job of sharing those plans with you,” Riot tweeted. “We are committed to giving you more details on what this investment looks like over the next few days.” We truly value your passion and feedback, and the League’s success would not be possible without your dedication. Thank you.”

my city has reached out to Riot for further comment on the trailer and community reaction.

The response on Riot’s Twitter thread was mixed, with some happy that they were at least acknowledging the disappointment and frustration, and others upset that Riot didn’t do more to support League of Legends and his community. And for many, that answer doesn’t quell their concerns that the company may be more focused on other projects and games, such as Evaluationand can be placement League in the background.

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