In a surprising move by RIOT Games, the studio has taken a narrative twist on the game’s plot, something fans don’t think of when it comes to League of Legends, and have killed off one of their characters, ‘permanently’.
What’s worse, is that fans who invested money in the character, whether unlocking him or buying any additional skins, won’t be getting a refund. This only leads to the belief that he will return in some form or another in the future. It’s the first time a character has been removed from the game, with many new characters being added over time. Based on an in-game plotline, Miss Fortune and Gangplank took to battle, and she came out on top, killing Gangplank.
For RIOT to take the lore so ‘seriously’ and remove Gangplank from the game as well, is a bit far-fetched, but it has been done! Many other games deal with character deaths, and for the likes of Gears of War 3 as an example (SPOILERS to come…), one character’s death in the story doesn’t remove them from the multiplayer portion of the game. That would just be silly. So why did RIOT do it?
They responded humourously to fans on their forum “Champion death is unprecedented in League of Legends, and we do not take it lightly. We encourage all Gangplank fans to remain calm for a few days until we can fully assess the situation. At this time, we are not addressing refund requests for him or his skins but please know that over the next several days we’ll do our best to make things right for everyone.”
As reported by Gamespot, staff at RIOT took to Twitter to show their tributes to Gangplank, which is fittingly funny.
Rest in Peace. Not even oranges could make this K. pic.twitter.com/DiHCA35yCT
— PROJECT: KateyKhaos (@RiotKateyKhaos) July 30, 2015
Will Gangplank return in a ghostly form at a later date? Considering he has a ghostly skin already available, time will tell…
“He’s gone,” he said. “It’s over.” “No,” replied Miss Fortune. “Not yet.” She turned from the harbor, casting her gaze across Bilgewater. Sarah had hoped that killing him would kill her hate. But all she had done was unleash it. For the first time since that day, she felt truly powerful. “This is just the beginning,” she said.