League of Legends has seen a huge number of changes since its release in 2009, so much so that many old players would be excused for not recognising it. From just 17 original champions, there are now over 160 to choose from, and a great many new features besides.
The gameplay has also evolved to a remarkable level, with mixed reactions from the community over the years. What's planned for 2023 though, and could one of the most popular games ever finally be pulling the plug? Let's take a look.
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Is League of Legends Shutting Down?
To no great surprise, League of Legends will not be shutting down in 2023, at least as far as we know. Tons of preseason changes have just taken effect, including new jungle items as well as the return of some old favourites, to send the game into a new year.
Certain aspects of the game will, unfortunately, be leaving us in the next year, however. Wild Rift, the popular mobile edition, saw its competitive scene take off very quickly, but stagnate just as fast. Therefore only Asia will retain the Riot-backed competitive league, while others shut down.
Additionally, Garena, the company that operates the League of Legends client in regions like Taiwan and the Philippines, is rumored to be shutting down its services. The future of League of Legends remains uncertain in those regions.
What to expect in 2023
In the big 4 regions of League of Legends however, the news is overwhelmingly positive. The LCS is now moving to mid-week games, but that remains the only bad news.
The LEC is in for a huge revamp, with teams playing more games, and more best-of series per year, to prepare for internationals. New teams have also joined the fold, as the region expands to represent the larger EMEA region.
There's also lots coming in terms of gameplay in League of Legends, with reworks planned in some capacity for Neeko, Asol, Ahri, and several more. Ahri will be getting a long overdue audio update, while others will be receiving changes to their gameplay and graphics.
Additionally, we are in for the usual selections of new champions, as 5 are expected to drop in 2023. The next is rumoured to be an Ixtali Support, the first time the region has seen some love since the release of Quiyana.
There's lots to look forward to in League of Legends in 2023, whether you're a competitive fan or just love an Aram with friends. Stay tuned for any champion updates coming over the next year.
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