Red Post Collection: Odyssey Takes Off Soon, September Bundles, /Dev: Adventures in Odyssey: Extraction, and more!

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Today's red post collection includes a reminder that the Odyssey bundles will be leaving the shop soon, September bundles, a /dev blog on the making of Odyssey: Extraction, and more!
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Odyssey takes off soon

 Here's Bilby with a reminder that the Odyssey bundle sales are coming to an end soon:
"HELLO SPACE FRIENDS! Now’s your last chance for Odyssey bundles before they take off. Here are the other Odyssey departure dates: 

  • Bundles, emotes, and Odyssey Ziggs: September 24, 2018, at 11:59 PM PT
  • Game mode and missions: October 8, 2018, at 11:59 PM PT
  • Tokens: October 22, 2018, at 11:59 PM PT 
Check the learn more article for the full bundle details, or brush up on the game mode primer for your final crash landing. 
See ya later, space ace..."

It’s time for September bundles! 

Here's Riot Evaelin with details on the September bundles:
"Grab these limited-time bundles now through September 27, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PT. All bundles include champions as well as skins.

Catcher in the Rift Bundle - 50% off at 2887 RP (4988 RP if you need the champions)
Skins included:
  • Battle Boss Blitzcrank
  • Blackthorn Morgana
  • Blood Moon Thresh
  • Dragon Sorceress Zyra
  • Bard Bard

On My Way Bundle - 50% off at 2512 RP (3861 RP if you need the champions)
Skins included:
  • Bear Cavalry Sejuani
  • Warmonger Sion
  • Pool Party Zac
  • Sad Robot Amumu

Tank This! Bundle - 50% off at 1721 RP (3185 RP if you need the champions)
Skins included:
  • Totemic Maokai
  • Abyssal Nautilus
  • Freljord Rammus
  • Ironside Malphite

Costume Party Bundle - 50% off at 1909 RP (3018 RP if you need the champions)
Skins included:
  • Piltover Customs Heimerdinger
  • Beekeeper Singed
  • Cottontail Teemo
  • Bandito Fiddlesticks"

/Dev: Adventures in Odyssey: Extraction 

"What if players got to be the Doom Bots? Stories from developing League’s new PvE game mode."
Here's Riot Mort with a /Dev blog on Odyssey: Extraction!
By the time you’re reading this, it’ll be the future. The Odyssey event will be live. (We hope you’re enjoying it aren’t finding the missions to be too difficult!) When we set out to work on Odyssey, we knew we wanted it to feel like an epic event—a surprise League moment with new skins, a cinematic, and lots of missions and loot—and we wanted to cap the whole thing off with a brand-new PvE game mode. Enter Odyssey: Extraction. 
We had some pretty big goals we wanted to hit for this iteration of a PvE game mode: 
  • Make a PvE mode that players of all skill levels could enjoy, while still having an awesome end challenge for those who are committed to see it through.
  • Add a progression system that persists over many sessions.
  • Ship it in time for the launch of the Odyssey Event, which meant we had 4-5 months for development. 
These goals defined what we could and couldn’t do with the mode pretty clearly, and it helped us make some early decisions, such as having five difficulty levels. We wanted to create four difficulty levels for most players to progress through as they powered up, and then one difficulty for our most hardcore players to test their mechanical and teamwork skills. 
Other decisions took more discussion and development. For example, the original Odyssey line-up included five skins (Yasuo/Sona/Jinx/Malphite, with Kayn as the villian), but we wanted the mode to have five players. This meant we needed to add another member to the Odyssey team. Based on the team comp we had, a magic damage dealer felt like the right fit. After much discussion, we landed on Ziggs because he seemed like strongest match for both the gameplay and thematic needs of the mode. 
Game system progression (which eventually became the Augment system) went through a lot of iterations. Most of our early ideas were quickly rejected because they became too similar to League’s existing item system—things like gaining extra stats or slight modifications to your abilities. However, we eventually found one simple line that summed up exactly what we were trying to do with the mode: 
Doom Bots of Doom was a mode we ran several times in the past, most notably with the Teemoing in 2016. In that mode, the bots were extremely powerful and would cast incredibly overpowered spells. It was a lot of fun, and since we were doing a PvE mode, we thought, “Why can’t we let the player do that?” This led to us creating the Augment system: powerful add-ons you earn over time and equip to make your champion closer to a Doom Bot. 
We followed one main guideline while developing Augments, which was, “Augments can’t change how the fundamentals of the champion works.” Sona players should still know how to play Sona, even with lots of Augments equipped. So big mechanical changes, like turning Sona’s Q into a charged shot that did more damage if you held down Q, were out. 
Some of our Augments were developed extremely early and lasted through the entirety of production (with slight adjustments of course):
Relentless was instantly a Rioter favorite. It was also one of the Augments most prone to bugs.
Shatter, Delayed, and Leftovers were also added quite early and stuck around.
Jinx’s Runaway was another super early Aug that survived development.
Of course, as we were developing the Augments, things didn’t always work exactly as intended. Some of these bugs were hilarious and fun, so we would do our best to keep their essence in the mode. Other times… they were just bugs.
Cascade often didn’t work quite as intended. Sona never minded though.

Sometimes when you don’t set things up properly, it works to your advantage.
Other times it just makes for some... odd visuals. Wrong traps Jinx.
And of course, some Augments were just too disruptive or powerful, so we had to cut them. We found out early in development that crowd control effects were extremely strong, as they prevented enemies from really doing much of anything. With that in mind, you can imagine how powerful some of these were.
Thumper pulled enemies in every tick. It was basically six seconds of hard CC—so OP.
Afterburner used to work on allies, but it turned into the ultimate “troll your team” Augment.

Cataclysm was an experimental Augment that usually did more harm than good. Pretty cool visually though.
While we created four difficulties for most players, we wanted to make one difficulty just for those who really wanted a challenge. It was time to bring back Onslaught. Two Hazards per room, enemies hitting like trucks, and new giant monsters were just some of the things we added. Getting the balance to feel fair and challenging was… well, challenging. 
We decided that doing Onslaught with five Augments should be tough, but not insane. Doing Onslaught with two Augments was the real challenge! (We’re not even sure if it’s possible to do with one or zero Augments…) We designed the score system to really push and reward those who take on that level of difficulty. But sometimes, we got carried away:
The Bubble Hazard used to fire basically nonstop in Onslaught. Way too frustrating.
Often times if you fell behind in damage, you were really overwhelmed. To almost comical effect.

Finally, at the end of the mode players face off against Kayn and his trustworthy-and-not-at-all-psychotically-manipulative scythe, Rhaast. While designing Kayn, we wanted to push the limits of what a PvE boss in League could be. While the Star Guardian boss proved that we could demand finesse (dodge various abilities in various manners) and create compelling DPS-optimization questions (do I focus the boss or the monsters he just summoned), these are primarily individual asks.To that end, we decided to focus on giving Kayn mechanics that pushed players to work together to defeat him. Some of his attacks will force players to group, split apart, run in circles, and even pull him out of difficult combat terrain. 
But we won’t spoil anything specific here—so good luck! 
With Odyssey: Extraction, the team set out to create a fun and exciting PvE mode for everyone to enjoy. There’s lots to do, and we hope you try out different Augment builds, complete as many missions as possible, and see how high of a score you can get. We’re personally excited to see just how high the scores can go. 
Please let us know what you’re enjoying (or not enjoying) about Odyssey: Extraction. We’re hoping to learn a lot from this mode and take these learnings to the future. Good luck taking down Kayn and Onslaught mode, and we’ll see you next time. Thanks for playing! 
An experimental Malphite augment basically turned him into a jump machine.
Five Malphites hold hands as a sign of friendship.
Our temporary loading screen, which we used for the first 80% of the project.

Sometimes our testing team would slip into madness as they tried to complete Onslaught. We hope you fare better…"

Ask Riot: Kled Skin & Code Names

Champion code names, balancing for Bronze, the Void, and a Kled skin.
Here's this week's new Ask Riot:
"Does riot take bronze into consideration for balance?

Our starting point for balance is Plat+ solo queue. We take balance states in other contexts into account too though, primarily when something is really dominant. If someone like Master Yi is extremely strong in Bronze we might nerf him, even if he’s not necessarily a problem in higher MMRs. Or, at the other end of things, it might mean we nerf someone like Ryze if he’s way out of line in pro play and is therefore creating a poor spectator experience, even if he’s not an issue in most other contexts. 
In many cases champions are balanceable across a range of skill levels. Where that’s not the case, we’ll work to tweak their kits so they can be balanced for everyone. In some cases that’d clash with their core as a champion though (Kalista with her passive and ally interactions, for example), so sometimes we’ll end up balancing specific champs more for some audiences than others. 
Lead Gameplay Designer
Dear riot, as a kled main, will he ever get a new skin?

Yes, we’re working on one now. It should be out by the end of the year, and so should a new skin for Camille! 
Product Manager 

What are some of the code names you used for champions while they were in development? Like how Tahm Kench was Fish Tank.

While I can’t remember every code name, here are the ones I can remember—and the ones people around the office remembered. 
  • Lee Sin – Marty Punchman
  • Rumble – Yordle in a Mech
  • Graves – Gunslinger
  • Lulu – Waena
  • Jayce – Apollo
  • Rengar – Wrengar
  • Elise – Spider Queen
  • Nami – Mermaid
  • Vi – Piltover Enforcer
  • Thresh – Chain Warden
  • Quinn – Falconeer
  • Zac – Blob
  • Aatrox – Demon Blade
  • Lucian – Gun Templar
  • Jinx – Psycho Arsenal
  • Vel’Koz – Professor Eyebeam
  • Braum – CeCe
  • Gnar – Yordle Hulk
  • Azir – Sand Mage
  • Kalista – Spectral Legionnaire
  • Rek’Sai – Burrower
  • Bard – Bard
  • Ekko – Time Assassin
  • Tahm Kench – Fish Tank
  • Kindred – Jmarks
  • Illaoi – Kraken Priestess
  • Jhin – Deadeye
  • Aurelion Sol – Ao Shin
  • Taliyah – Stoneweaver
  • Kled – Yonag (Yordle not riding a Griffin)
  • Ivern – Druid
  • Camille – Hookshot
  • Xayah & Rakan – Duo
  • Kayn – Nemesis
  • Ornn – Blacksmith
  • Zoe – Mirror Mage
  • Kai’Sa – Void ADC
  • Pyke – Support Assassin 
Lead Producer of Champions 

Why is the Void purple?

From a lore perspective, the Void itself—that vast and unknowable realm that hungers to end all existence—is not actually any color at all. It’s the complete absence of light, heat, gravity, time, or any other trappings of the material plane. 
When rifts or portals open into Runeterra, I imagine there’s some pretty scary, physics-bending stuff going on around it, which also probably disturbs and upsets the balance of natural magic too. It could well appear purple to mortals who were unlucky enough to witness it, and in fact I wouldn’t be surprised to see some colors that don’t even have names mixed in there as well… 
From a design and art perspective, purple can be seen very clearly against green, making it a great contrast color for when you need something to look unnatural on Summoner’s Rift. At an unconscious level, that’s probably the most effective visual shorthand for unspeakable horrors from beyond.
Lead Narrative Editor, LoL

Thanks for reading this week’s Ask Riot. Have a question? 
Head over to Ask Riot and sign into your League account. Check out the Pro Tips, then ask away. 
We promise to read every question, but we can’t guarantee they’ll all get answers. Some questions may already be answered elsewhere, and some won’t be right for Ask Riot. This isn’t the best place to announce new features, for example, and we might skip conversations on issues we’ve talked about in depth before (though we can clarify individual points). 
We are listening, though, so keep asking. We’ll make sure your questions are heard by the Rioters working on the stuff you’re curious about."

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