Originally Posted by Aeaeros
I would like to see some more of the more playful or colorful skins again. I completely understand some of this skins might be not match the current theme or style of League of Legends, but you cannot deny some of these "silly" skins already exist too.
Now don't get me wrong, the recent skin work has been out of this world. And as a customer, I think you have created "value" for me; your recent skins are all a huge improvement over the older ones and for (the most part) the same price.
But with all of this fantastic and thematic stuff, what happened to the other stuff like Lil' Slugger Trundle? Or Totally Not Blitzcrank? (Even Pool Party Ziggs?) These serve to lighten the mood and are always good for a laugh or two.
With this in mind, I even have two ideas. One belongs to my friends though.
Batter Jayce / Baseball Jayce - Because I mean, his melee form E really feels like taking a Louisville Slugger to someone. Not to mention his ranged Q's can easily be seen as a fastball. Acceleration Gate? Oh that's just a cheating Technologist!
Bowling Malphite - Lots of potential here. Namely, his Q already looks a bit like a bowling ball. Now imagine the possibilities for his ultimate. Little **STRIKE** animation windows popping up if he knocks-down all 5 enemy members (think of the cute animations on Arcade Sona).
Bonus perks, there's already a few soccer skins (albeit dated) and the aforementioned Baseball Trundle skins -- Maybe even a Baseball Jayce skin for the next All-Star Game or World Series?
Just Another Summoner
P.S. Zyra also needs a Poison Ivy theme skin. I know you guys are huge comic book fans. Also, if anyone else has some ideas on silly (but fitting) skins, please feel free to share! Oh and for the record, I am not even a huge baseball fan. I just recognize the similarities there with Jayce.
Good ideas. That said, yes, we do have a bit of a gap in our releases I feel which should be filled with more light-hearted skins. I think one of the reasons we haven't done as many is because we're really trying to get global with our approach, making things broadly appealing to our world wide audience. That isn't to say we want to water down silly ideas or dial back, what we want to do is find the best universal silliness possible.
The global community isn't necessarily on the same wavelength as maybe a skin like Brolaf or Gentleman Cho'gath. That doesn't make them not awesome, or make them off limits, it just means that we might want to expand what is appealing to a wider variety of people. Pool party Ziggs, Astronautilus, Battle Bunny Riven, those are all pretty universally appealing takes on humor.
We get a lot more discerning nowadays.Since the skin quality has also upped recently, when we do do more of a "fun" or silly skin we deck it out to the nines where previously we might just have geo swap. That makes light-hearted skins just as work intensive. We want to make them have the most thematic penetration throughout thier custom animations or particles.
Yes, we've gone a bit serious recently, but that will change. We need to make room for everything and introduce a bit more of a steady silly cadence into our releases I feel.