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League of Legends dev reveals why Yasuo & Yone have the same Q ability

Published: 27/Sep/2020 18:35

by Daniel Cleary


Riot Games developers have explained why they intentionally chose to give the 150th League of Legends champion, Yone, an ability that was almost identical to Yasuo’s Q.

The Spirit Blossom event was Riot’s first major cross-title experience and it introduced plenty of new changes, including two new champions to the League of Legends universe.

After Lillia was released early into the Spirit Blossom event, Yasuo’s brother, Yone, returned from the afterlife to make his entrance on patch 10.16.

yone's spirit blossom skin
Riot Games
Yone was the second champion released in the Spirit Blossom event.

When Yone was first revealed, League of Legends fans immediately noticed that he had similar abilities to his brother, using his blades to channel the winds and deal damage to his opponents.

However, his Q ability or “Mortal Steel” is almost identical to Yasuo’s “Steel Tempest,” as both characters would thrust their sword forward, to gain stacks for a unique spell cast that sends enemies airborne.

After fans questioned why the two abilities were so similar, Riot Developer EndlessPillows finally opened up on the reason behind their decision, during Riot Blaustoise’s latest ‘Dev and Data’ episode, discussing many of the decisions behind the new champ.

“We’ll start with the current Q actually, you could argue that we’ve similar abilities in League,” Blaustoise highlighted, “but this is the first time we’ve had an ability this close to another character’s ability, it was intentional.”

EndlessPillows responded, highlighting other abilities where “mechanics like that are so good they shouldn’t be on just one champion,” however, in Yone’s case he revealed that the character’s lore also played a big part when designing his skill set.

“This was very much intentional, it started as, almost entirely, a thematic reason,” the Riot dev added, “they’re brothers, they trained at the same school, they have the same sword…of course they would know the same sort of techniques.”

Although they are quite similar, he later revealed that Yone’s abilities to control the winds were not as well-practiced as Yasuo’s, which had a knock-on effect to the style of his kit, “Yone’s not as good at the wind technique as Yasuo, he has to go with it and guide it.”

While Yone might not be as skilled as Yasuo, the rest of his kit gives him just as much outplay potential as his brother, with many impressive clips of the new character already circulating online.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
Epic Games
What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.