League of Legends "A New Dawn" Cinematic Features New And Old

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League of Legends "A New Dawn" Cinematic Features New And Old

The latest League of Legends cinematic features an epic 5v5 battle between new and old champions.

League of Legends developer Riot Games is starting to build quite a name for itself as a maker of gorgeous cinematics. The latest of which, "A New Dawn" is no exception, showing an epic 5v5 battle between some of the game's most classic, and some of its newer, champions. Enjoy!

If you enjoyed that, you might want to check out its "Behind The Scenes," video. In this video, Riot explains that they love making cinematic like A New Dawn because it helps them expand on the story and the lore of the League of Legends world and the characters that inhabit it.

It said that not only are cinematic in much higher definition than the games, but they also focused on the details of the characters that players don't see in-game, such facial expressions and movements. The video also explains how the sounds were created to help tell the story of the battle and how the music played a major role in personifying the characters. You'll notice that each character has more or less their own "theme tune".

None of the characters speak a word throughout the whole video, but you can really see a whole lot of personality in the way that they act. It's also very interesting to see how certain "archetypes" in the game, such as assassins, tanks, and supports, would play out in a "real" battle.

It's cool to see Riot tackle interesting little side-projects such as this, and hopefully we can see more in the future!

Source: Riot Games

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I'm a Dota2 player myself, but this CG is pretty cool. Shame that LoL itself still looks like the ass-end of 2005, and will continue to do so until the big map and engine revamp.

That was.. interesting.

Riot seems to be on its way to CCPs level of trailer making. I find myself looking forward to the next one.

I really like this. I'm not big into LoL but this trailer definitely raised my interest enough to where I'm now downloading the game to try it out. To me this is what DOTA 2 is missing. A cool cinematic trailer and a character like Ahri, she's so cute that I just need to play this game to run around like a fox

What, Rito why the Noxus hate? :( You don't kill off Draaaaaaaven in such a lame way.

I used to really like LoL, but this is absolute garbage.

Ajani, Elspeth and a possibly a few new planeswalkers.

But in all seriousness, it was still pretty fun

two bigs things jumpped out at me when watching this:
1. Ahri had one tail. Was it just suppose to be all nine so close together that it looked like one and they just failed to convey that, or did they somehow fuck up something that is in her freaking name?

2. It was shockingly gory and violent. That's not to say I was offended or anything, just that LoL, even in trailers, normally has very clean PG violence, while this was quite brutal. It fits really well with my opinion that when you think about it LoL has some very grim implications, with everyone dying horribly and reincarnating seconds later.

Man... That Nautilus Entry.

major_chaos:
two bigs things jumpped out at me when watching this:
1. Ahri had one tail. Was it just suppose to be all nine so close together that it looked like one and they just failed to convey that, or did they somehow fuck up something that is in her freaking name?

Her nine tails do pop out at the very end when she finishes off Darius. I know that in the game when she's moving her tails all clump together into one, but throughout this little skit it certainly does look like she only has one tail.

Also: I want a cinematic with my main-man Karthus, damnit!

major_chaos:
two bigs things jumpped out at me when watching this:
1. Ahri had one tail. Was it just suppose to be all nine so close together that it looked like one and they just failed to convey that, or did they somehow fuck up something that is in her freaking name?

2. It was shockingly gory and violent. That's not to say I was offended or anything, just that LoL, even in trailers, normally has very clean PG violence, while this was quite brutal. It fits really well with my opinion that when you think about it LoL has some very grim implications, with everyone dying horribly and reincarnating seconds later.

Interestingly before they nuked the game's major source of lore, one of the things mentioned was that when a champion is killed in a match, the mental link they have with their summoner is broken, both get a nasty shock, and the champion is teleported back to wherever he or she was when she was originally summoned. Ezreal apparently often complains about being dragged away from exploring or archaeology efforts by a League summoning since the gauntlet he found and uses has a summoning spell attached to it, so he has no choice in the matter.

The psychological effects on both summoners and champions must get pretty bad over time. With the exception of inhuman creatures like Hecarim, Fiddlesticks, and Nocturne, I'd imagine most of them at one point or another would not want to go back.

I noticed the Ahri discrepancy myself. However towards the end she does in fact show more tails, if not all of them. If she's a creature of deception, it would make a certain amount of sense that she could hide the rest of her tails. I'd imagine that's probably how she gets a lot of men. Snag someone cosplaying as herself and she 'forgot' to have the extras. Be willing to bet it'd work on any of us League nerds if we weren't expecting it.

Anyway....really enjoyed it, though some of the character designs, particularly Ahri, were a bit dated. Other moments made up for it, though. I also enjoyed that once again we had something without a single line of dialogue. I'm surprised they were able to resist having DRAVEN of all people mouth off, though. Then again that look when he steps on Leona's sword just says volumes.

Steven Bogos:
If you enjoyed that, you might want to check out its "Behind The Scenes," video. In this video, Riot explains that they love making cinematic like A New Dawn because it helps them expand on the story and the lore of the League of Legends world and the characters that inhabit it.

What story?
The only story I got out of this was "and then they beat the living shit out of each other".
I don't even know why they're fighting.

You want story and actual characters in animation shorts, look at team fortress 2.
Those shorts actually bother to tell stories and are more than someone smashing their action figures against each other.

Would it really kill them to explain stuff?
To actually explain and expand on at least the setting in some manner?
To have some dialogue maybe?
Cause all I get out of these is some animators masturbating. Really vapid.

Slashe:
Ajani, Elspeth and a possibly a few new planeswalkers.

But in all seriousness, it was still pretty fun

So I weren't the only one thinking about Ajani! XD

OT: I don't like LoL nor it's kind of games, but animations like this is just awesome to behold. I hope they keep doing these for a while.

Anyone else notice Leona is a shit support in this? Being one shotted by a Darius dunk is embarrassing for any decent Leona build if you are managing to keep rough parity level wise with even a fed Darius. She also forgot she had a grab and stun and her other stun till the very end of the match. Not to mention her and ahri fell for a VERY obvious bait. So in proud League tradition I pass my judgement.

"Hey CG Leona you fucking noob, delete the game because you can't play for shit!"

Steven Bogos:

None of the characters speak a word throughout the whole video,

Not true! Katarina says "Woo!" after narrowly avoiding Rengar's attacks. One of the cuter moments in the video, really.

major_chaos:
two bigs things jumpped out at me when watching this:
1. Ahri had one tail. Was it just suppose to be all nine so close together that it looked like one and they just failed to convey that, or did they somehow fuck up something that is in her freaking name?

When Ahri uses Spirit Rush, her tails merge into one. My guess is that she can merge them into a single tail for mobility, but that they'll unfurl anytime she attacks; like at the end of the video.

Ha ha! ... If only the actual game was half as decent looking or half as fun looking as this trailer.

I liked it, especially the way Rengo deleted Draven.exe in 2 seconds is so accurate to gameplay right now... Also the fuck was Ahri doing all game? I assume she was out of mana all the time waiting for her Chalice to regen so she kites around all day.

I do like the level of bro Leona had in that CG, the dunk block was manly as hell and Solar Flare needs to look that cool in the game visual update pls.

That was so much cooler than the actual game itself. Makes me kinda sad, actually XD

Of course the good guy's win. Boooooooooooooo.

RJ 17:
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Also: I want a cinematic with my main-man Karthus, damnit!

Me too. At the ending there, when the doom ray fell from the sky, I forgot about Leonna's abilities for a second and thought it was his Requiem (even if it looked a bit too wholesome). Shame there, I was excited.

I'll never get the complaints that the actual game doesn't look as good as cinematics. I mean...yes, obviously? In cinematics, you control every little detail and don't have to plan for the insane number of things players can and will do in game, all while making it look coherent and awesome. Plus, they want to keep the game open to as many people as possible. The thing would chug like crazy with 5-10 connections at that resolution, and if you don't have a powerful gaming pc, nice knowing you.

I'm hoping one of my mains show up in a trailer one of these days. I suppose Zil isn't really action material, but surely Karthus for "villain" factor or Vlad for similar could work?

For whatever reason, I've never been a huge fan of Riot's cinematics, though I understand why a lot of people like them. That said, it was amusing that they played Ahri off as one of the 'definitively good' champions, seeing as she's essentially a soul-devouring serial killer.

loa:

Steven Bogos:
If you enjoyed that, you might want to check out its "Behind The Scenes," video. In this video, Riot explains that they love making cinematic like A New Dawn because it helps them expand on the story and the lore of the League of Legends world and the characters that inhabit it.

What story?
The only story I got out of this was "and then they beat the living shit out of each other".
I don't even know why they're fighting.

You want story and actual characters in animation shorts, look at team fortress 2.
Those shorts actually bother to tell stories and are more than someone smashing their action figures against each other.

Would it really kill them to explain stuff?
To actually explain and expand on at least the setting in some manner?
To have some dialogue maybe?
Cause all I get out of these is some animators masturbating. Really vapid.

The last one they made didn't even have a cohesive story. Just snippits of battles here and there between different champions. From your post though I think you are just bitter. You want a story? The story is this is probably how actual matches on Summoner's Rift play out. It gave us a glimpse into their world. You just didn't want to see it.

Fappy:
That was so much cooler than the actual game itself. Makes me kinda sad, actually XD

Cinematic trailers always are sadly. Gears of War and Halo for example had some incredible trailers that had a lot more emotion than the games they were a part of.

OT: I liked the trailer quite a bit. Enough to give the game a chance anyway. Although I've played DOTA2 and so far this seems like it's more or less identical except the playable characters.

loa:

Steven Bogos:
If you enjoyed that, you might want to check out its "Behind The Scenes," video. In this video, Riot explains that they love making cinematic like A New Dawn because it helps them expand on the story and the lore of the League of Legends world and the characters that inhabit it.

What story?
The only story I got out of this was "and then they beat the living shit out of each other".
I don't even know why they're fighting.

You want story and actual characters in animation shorts, look at team fortress 2.
Those shorts actually bother to tell stories and are more than someone smashing their action figures against each other.

Would it really kill them to explain stuff?
To actually explain and expand on at least the setting in some manner?
To have some dialogue maybe?
Cause all I get out of these is some animators masturbating. Really vapid.

As much as I enjoyed the "Meet The ..." videos, they aren't any different except they talk and are funny. We don't have any motivation for what they are doing either. I have heard there are comics and such that have more detail, but that's not what we are discussing so doesn't count.

Sure, we have more characterisation than the above video, but not by much.

Tsukuyomi:

major_chaos:
two bigs things jumpped out at me when watching this:
1. Ahri had one tail. Was it just suppose to be all nine so close together that it looked like one and they just failed to convey that, or did they somehow fuck up something that is in her freaking name?

2. It was shockingly gory and violent. That's not to say I was offended or anything, just that LoL, even in trailers, normally has very clean PG violence, while this was quite brutal. It fits really well with my opinion that when you think about it LoL has some very grim implications, with everyone dying horribly and reincarnating seconds later.

Interestingly before they nuked the game's major source of lore, one of the things mentioned was that when a champion is killed in a match, the mental link they have with their summoner is broken, both get a nasty shock, and the champion is teleported back to wherever he or she was when she was originally summoned. Ezreal apparently often complains about being dragged away from exploring or archaeology efforts by a League summoning since the gauntlet he found and uses has a summoning spell attached to it, so he has no choice in the matter.

The psychological effects on both summoners and champions must get pretty bad over time. With the exception of inhuman creatures like Hecarim, Fiddlesticks, and Nocturne, I'd imagine most of them at one point or another would not want to go back.

That part of LoL lore always seemed skeevy to me. They're telling us that the most elite of LoL's world need to be directly, completely mind controlled in order to be any good in a battle? You're telling me that Demacia's crown prince would let himself be crowd controlled rather than do his own battles? Iffy, squick territory mind control issues asides that just seems off. But then, the whole idea of the League is to set political disputes through fights in staged areas but then you suddenly people from rivalling nations fighting side by side in the game... so what exactly are they fighting over if opposing warriors are on the same team?

As to the trailer, the CGI looks oddly dated, a bit too plastic for its own good. I think the dim lighting conditions of the previous CGI trailer served their style a lot better than bringing characters in the same style out into broad daylight. And the lack of dialogue is kinda lame, as it's a wasted opportunity to establish personality and team dynamics further, but then, dialogue was never their forté, most champions in LoL have at best two minutes of dialogue if you play all their clips back to back, whereas in Dota 2 various heroes run up to twenty minutes of dialogue in total. This added character and personality is a good part of why I ended up settling on Dota 2 when I started on both that and LoL back in January of last year. Oh well, seems like they don't even want to use trailers to expand on their limited, shakily written lore and give it some weight.

Tactical Pause:
For whatever reason, I've never been a huge fan of Riot's cinematics, though I understand why a lot of people like them. That said, it was amusing that they played Ahri off as one of the 'definitively good' champions, seeing as she's essentially a soul-devouring serial killer.

Ahri is a repentant former-soul-devouring killer. Fluff is, she joined the League of Legends because apparently they can grant her humanity without her having to kill anymore.

1: HA! Only like, 4 of the champions in that trailer are viable in any way (Leona, Ahri, Draven and Jax).

2: People complaining about Ahri's tails being wrong having been paying attention in-game; whenever she uses her Ult, or moves above a certain speed she folds her tails into one big tail. Since she spends most of this video sprinting/running, its accurate to show only one tail.

3: Leona charging straight through the tree is a nice touch.

4: Dat Nautilus entrance.

5: If only you were that much of a badass in-game Graves.

6: The burning question.......how much camel toe did Rengar just get to see?

Pedro The Hutt:

Tsukuyomi:

major_chaos:
two bigs things jumpped out at me when watching this:
1. Ahri had one tail. Was it just suppose to be all nine so close together that it looked like one and they just failed to convey that, or did they somehow fuck up something that is in her freaking name?

2. It was shockingly gory and violent. That's not to say I was offended or anything, just that LoL, even in trailers, normally has very clean PG violence, while this was quite brutal. It fits really well with my opinion that when you think about it LoL has some very grim implications, with everyone dying horribly and reincarnating seconds later.

Interestingly before they nuked the game's major source of lore, one of the things mentioned was that when a champion is killed in a match, the mental link they have with their summoner is broken, both get a nasty shock, and the champion is teleported back to wherever he or she was when she was originally summoned. Ezreal apparently often complains about being dragged away from exploring or archaeology efforts by a League summoning since the gauntlet he found and uses has a summoning spell attached to it, so he has no choice in the matter.

The psychological effects on both summoners and champions must get pretty bad over time. With the exception of inhuman creatures like Hecarim, Fiddlesticks, and Nocturne, I'd imagine most of them at one point or another would not want to go back.

That part of LoL lore always seemed skeevy to me. They're telling us that the most elite of LoL's world need to be directly, completely mind controlled in order to be any good in a battle? You're telling me that Demacia's crown prince would let himself be crowd controlled rather than do his own battles? Iffy, squick territory mind control issues asides that just seems off. But then, the whole idea of the League is to set political disputes through fights in staged areas but then you suddenly people from rivalling nations fighting side by side in the game... so what exactly are they fighting over if opposing warriors are on the same team?

Actually I think its stated somewhere that the champion does the fighting and the summoner basically tells them where to go and where their allies are. I think its a way to explain away allied vision and other such stuff. And a lot of the matches are exhibition matches, the league is a big spectator sport,

conmag9:
I'm hoping one of my mains show up in a trailer one of these days. I suppose Zil isn't really action material, but surely Karthus for "villain" factor or Vlad for similar could work?

And it has to be Karthus in his Grim Reaper skin or else it just won't be worth it. :P

But yeah...how can you complain that a CG cinematic looks better than the game? Has there EVER been a game where the gameplay looks as good as the cg cinematics? We're talking about a game with a top-down view where you can barely make out the details of the character's face (in a lot of cases)...how is that supposed to compare to a fully-rendered CGI movie that allows focus on details?

Paragon Fury:
6: The burning question.......how much camel toe did Rengar just get to see?

I'm pretty sure Kat split a seam in that scene. I'm surprised there wasn't a big *RIIIIIIP!* sound to go along with it. :P

Imre Csete:
What, Rito why the Noxus hate? :( You don't kill off Draaaaaaaven in such a lame way.

Rengar kills every adc in that way

Well, I liked it, despite not really playing LoL. (Nothing against the game, just not a fan of RTS controls in competitive real-time environments.)

Chuckled at the bit with the log: *hop* *skip* *CRUNCH*

conmag9:

I'm hoping one of my mains show up in a trailer one of these days. I suppose Zil isn't really action material, but surely Karthus for "villain" factor or Vlad for similar could work?

I'd like to see Pantheon or Lucian myself.

Karthus would be a GREAT villian. Espically with his recent update which turned him from "Guy in goofy clothes who talked about dead people a lot" to "Creepy as Hell spirit that's pretty much death incarnate." Freaking LOVED that update. Hoping to see him. Especially his Death Defied combined with Requiem. If that's not an awesome way to die I don't know what is.

Absolutionis:
Ahri is a repentant former-soul-devouring killer. Fluff is, she joined the League of Legends because apparently they can grant her humanity without her having to kill anymore.

Ah, then I was mistaken. It's been quite some time since I've read any champion's fluff text.

Eevee:
Ha ha! ... If only the actual game was half as decent looking or half as fun looking as this trailer.

Yeah that's how I feel. I think the game should be called Cast of Cowards for how often you have run away from stuff. I don't enjoy constantly running away from fights. Like throw two attacks...run back behind my defense tower. Actually trying engage your opponent gets you killed...F that. I like RTS like Command and Conquer, and Warcraft(games where if you have right set up, no defense can stop you. Not this turrets kill everything crap, so I have wait for fodder take damage for because I am glass joe in combat this game has), I do not enjoy LoL. The game is F-N boring.

Slashe:
Ajani, Elspeth and a possibly a few new planeswalkers.

But in all seriousness, it was still pretty fun

Yeah I was thinking magic: the gathering too hehe.

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