League of Legends: Riot delays release of new ADC and support champions

Heading into this year, League of Legends developer Riot Games had set a goal to release one new champion per role, with the except of mid, which would get one for an assassin/skirmisher players and another for mage players. Unfortunately, they won’t quite hit their goal as the planned ADC and support champions have been pushed back to “early next year.”

In the September champion roadmap for League of Legends, Riot revealed that the release of both of these champions was supposed to tie into an event. And while they feel good about the direction of each champion, they don’t quite fit in with the theme of the event itself. So rather than change the champions, they are delaying them.

Riot didn’t reveal who these new champion are, but did share some details about them.

The new marksman re-explores the concept of the role’s basic attack with a goal to “completely turn its purpose around.” Riot added:

“We wanted to create a kinetic marksman who’s always on the move, pulsing with sparky determination. A champ who plays the game at a machine gun pace and brings the feeling of a shooter game to the roster.”

This is all very vague but the comparison to a “shooter” game definitely sounds intriguing. Does this mean you’ll have to actually aim your basic attacks as you would if you were playing a shooter? This is pure speculation, but perhaps the champion’s abilities build on the concept of always moving and manually aiming your basic attacks. This would be a wild approach to design unlike anything we’ve seen in League of Legends before.

The teaser for the support champion is even more vague. It’s more of a description of the champion’s theme, which makes them sound quite ominous actually. The champion will seemingly have some sort of tech power and the ability to manipulate enemies and turn them against each other.

That’s all we have to go on for now, but we should hopefully learn more about both of these new champions in the coming weeks and months. Riot isn’t sure how the delay will impact the release schedule for 2022, but they are toying with the idea of releasing an extra champion next year.