/ Dave: Illaoi in Project L

With the support of our central IP strategy team, I wrote a hero brief summarizing what makes Elawi special, and what players around the world love about her.

Illaoi is the bearer of truth for Nagakabouros, the god of life, ocean storms, and movement, who is often depicted as the formidable kraken. Illawi and its people come from the Snake Islands, an island archipelago that includes Belgwater and its home island of Bohru.

In League of Legends, Illaoi’s gameplay focuses on testing the merit of individuals using the golden tool known as God’s Eye. Using a colossal idol, she rips spirits from their host bodies, summoning spectral claws to strike them over and over again.

In the world of our story, those who survive the Nagakabouros test are considered to be on the right track and can move forward to pursue their true purpose in life. While those who fall are left in no uncertain terms that they are failing in their duty to move their lives forward, impeding the flow of the universe. An experience not all survive.

Using all of this information, we have defined Elawi’s core truth as: “A powerful and charismatic spiritual leader who inspires others to be their unstoppable force.” She turns heads and dominates the room with her physical presence and her confident, purposeful arrogance.

Then, using Abstract, I worked with other strands of the discipline—such as design and art—to create the North Star to develop. This way we ensure that Illaoi can be instantly recognizable, even in a genre where we haven’t seen her before. Most importantly, we used it to look for opportunities to grow her legend. Because the fighting game is the perfect place for Elloy to shine.

With a clear picture of her in our minds, we can ensure that anyone who already knows Illaoi beyond the surface level also finds the character they love, while still enabling the development team to delight even her most devoted followers with a version that will blow. the doors. Or, in her case, rip the doors off their hinges with magic claws and smack you with them meaninglessly.

On a personal note, I’ve loved who Ellaoi is and who she could be since we developed her into the league back in 2015. And while she’s not one of the league’s most iconic champions, I think it’s easy to see how Illaoi’s mix of can Broken joints, a devoted heart, and cheerful bravado (along with all the new experiences we can put into players’ hands) make her the star of Project L.


Mike “zatransis” Henry, Creative Director:

Once Narrative gives us a good understanding of who the hero is, we move on to their visual direction. You can instill a lot in the hero when you know who they are, especially when we compare all of their visual representations – which Elawi certainly wasn’t lacking.

Some of our heroes cope well with a little change, while for others, it wouldn’t make sense for them to drastically change their appearance. When we started at Illaoi, it became clear that it would be the last.

She has a really iconic look: tall, muscular, and imposing. But more than that, she is happy, energetic and believes in challenging others to live their lives to the fullest. And all these things should be reflected in their appearance.

Illaoi’s physique is one of a kind in the League of Legends roster, and we’ve mentioned a lot of athletes with a focus on weightlifters and shot putters. Mostly women who spend as much time lifting things are as easy as Illaoi lifting her bulky weapon.

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