*Edit - while I use comic book examples, the goal is not to make LoL's universe as crazy as a comic book universe. Marvel and DC's universes are way complicated, we're not planning on that level of complexity*
I hope you're all tuned in to check out the world playoffs! I thought I'd take break to chat with you guys about a topic that has come up a lot recently - what is canon? Let me give you my take, and then open it up for questions.
It's kind of like comics...
Similar to comic books - everything is canon. Just like no one is going to grab Spider Man #1 and say "dood this totally contradicts the latest movie" we love all our stories, and they are all valid in their own context.
But it is reasonable to ask - what is the most current cannon? The answer is everything remains current canon…until it isn't. When we publish new information that contradicts previous information, the newest becomes current canon.
We chose this approach because we want to maximize our valid lore. It makes figuring out what is canon a little more complex, but the payoff is a richer world and IP to build on. We maximize our valid current canon, while still keeping the flexibility we need to make changes.
Check out Warwick issue #1 for an updated origin story!
A good example of a chance to current cannon is Warwick's recent update:
- Previous canon - he was an alchemist who was cursed by Soraka who turned him into a werewolf.
- Current canon - he's a bounty hunter who chose to become a werewolf so he'd be strong enough to bring down incredibly powerful targets like Soraka.
Here we have two compelling but different origins for the same super villain. Both are valid but it's like we just released issue #1 of a new "Warwick, the Blood Hunter" comic with a fresh take on the origin of our favourite furry mass murderer.
The Riot difference
The last thing I'll say before I turn things over to questions is - we want you guys to determine what is canon, not us!
What? That sounds like crazy talk? But it's true. There is no secret information as to what is and is not canon out there - it's all public and published. When someone asks "is it canon that Katarina retrieved Sion's remains" you can say yes, because all the information you need to make that statement is publicly available.
This is an example of how Riot takes a fundamentally different approach to IP dev than other companies. We do crazy stuff like actually change canon based on your feedback, like we did with the Katarina, Warwick and Jayce bios. We don't do this because of pressure, we do this because good ideas are good ideas whether they come from us or for you guys.