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"This doesn't really fit in with her thematically, and it's too much. We'll be removing it."Continue reading for most posts on why it is being changed, what might replace it, and more information about this festive situation.
Before we dive too far into this, you can find the entire animation starting at around 20 seconds into the video below.
Morello, being the forum flame tank he is, took to the forums to defend Volibar's previous statement and respond to the outrage of many frustrated summoners:
"I need to be clear about something here: the reason we're removing it (and make no mistake, we are) is because there's a lot of places where we're happy to do that, as you guys have noticed, but this skin was not the right place for this sort of thing.
Nidalee has a spear, easily a pole. She's also generally closely related to "hot night elf chick" and has some innate *** appeal to her - pole dance is awesome here.
Katarina in Reindeer ears with a pole dance is just off. It's not about right and wrong, it's not about sensitivity, it's about "what makes sense with this content?"
If you want to think there's some PC police that guide our hand, I can't stop you, but do a quick search on our thoughts to the contrary of this (go look in the spider queen or Nami threads) you'll find that we normally go forward with it when we believe it's the right choice for the champ or skin. In this case, it's just not."
To further clarify this point, he gave the example:
"The skin doesn't have to be thematically consistent to the character.Whilst continuing to fight off unhappy summoners, Morello elaborated further giving a better example of why this sort of thing works better on other champs and explaining how this clearly isn't a censorship attitude:
Elements of a skin need to be consistent to the theme of the skin.
If Bewitching Nidalee threw Christmas Trees, we'd remove that too."
"Let me slow down and give you a more nuanced explanation here (I tend to get caught up in the rapid-fire of volume posts coming in and post too quickly to fully communicate the intended thought):To finish things off, Morello also mentioned that there is still time to add in a NEW recall animation for this particular Katarina skin, saying:
Let's take a look at two sexy female champions, using their bases as an example: Miss Fortune and Katarina.
Miss Fortune Over-the-top pirate hunter. Outwardly sexualized to a point of character definition. "****ty" personality, "hot girl."
Katarina Deadly, sadistic dagger assassin. Sleek, quick and deadly. Shows cleavage and midriff to make attractive, but not seductive personality-wise. Keeps it sleek and quick - not a lot of adornment.
These characters are both really sexy from a proportions and clothing standpoint (equally so in a lot of ways). However, Miss Fortune's base should blast you with sexuality and never conserve on it - it's important to everything she is designed to be.
Katarina is generally sexy as an aside, not as a primary motivator. She's a cool assassin either way, having her be hot just makes her generally more visually appealing. Sexiness is secondary to cool.
You can do the same thin on Kitty Kat Katarina and the Christmas Katarina skin. Kitty Kat Kat is "that ****ty costume on Halloween" start to finish. Christmas Kat uses more Christmas tropes overall, and that tends to be the theme - it has sexiness because Katarina is sexy overall, but it's a secondary theme. High Command Katarina is the same in this regard (though more serious).
We may disagree, and that's OK, but this is the evaluation type we're talking about here. Maybe we sold "sexy" more than intended, maybe it's the read from the animation itself overall, but it's secondary to the character - not primary. Sexuality is more primary on Nidalee too (which is why we didn't change her pole dance on the rework)."
"Just found out we ARE able to do a new animation. What is up in the air still. Don't wanna remove value."