Originally Posted by Freecycle
Whenever I see that a new champ is being teased, and when we finally see enough details to get a sense of the character both in-game and in the lore, I always wonder which aspect was the source of the original seed that grew into the character. I mean, I know that it's been said a few times that some champions have been on the drawing board for months at a time (how long did they say in the Quinn AMA that the champion had been in development? It was roughly a year, wasn't it?), but by the time the idea has been fully realized and made ready for us eager summoners to run with, certainly some things are much different than when the character was first envisioned, and I'm always curious about how much the finished character has deviated from the original concept.
Without giving anything away (honestly, I love the daily release of teasers, and I'd hate for that to get ruined - I'm starting to think my body can actually metabolize suspense when it needs sustenance), would it be possible for Morello or Ransom or someone to tell us if the idea for ZAC - whatever ZAC is; I can't wait to find out in good time - was originally conceived in the lore, or gameplay? This is always the thing I wonder about the creative development process at Riot.
(though I'm prepared to wait for the AMA, if there's gonna be one. The delicious suspense is killing me.)
Good question! When I started working at Riot, my job was to help the team come up with pitches for new champions, and I worked on ten or so champion concepts, including Zed, Thresh, Nami, Vi, Quinn, and now the Zaun Amorphous Combatant.
(If you're doing the math, that means I've still got at least four champions that have yet to see the light of day, and a couple more that are just twinkles in a concept artist's eye!)
After a while of working on pitches, I was assigned to develop and ship a new champion (my first!) from start to finish, and that would be the Z.A.C. So I've had a front row seat during the process of creating this fella, and I just wanted to let you know that 1) it's an illuminating story about how we create champions, and 2) we will definitely reveal all in a forthcoming AMA with Bravo Ray, subninja, and myself.
The awesome thing about creating champions is that no two are conceived in the same way, and just like us regular people, each finds its own way to grow and evolve into something unique. It makes for a job that never gets boring!
I know that doesn't fully answer your question, but let's sit tight and wait for Zaun Lab Bot to do his thing, and in due time you can ask us anything you want.