The latest season of League of Legends is off to the races, but a new cinematic trailer meant to hype up players for the year to come looks to have had the opposite effect, with developer Riot Games since acknowledging the trailer “missed the mark.”
Every year since 2018, Riot has released a stunning cinematic to kick off each new League of Legends season. However, the cinematic for the 2023 season, The Brink of Infinity, has not landed particularly well. Whereas previous cinematics featured epic battles, sweeping vistas that showed off the League of Legends universe, and a chance to see many of the game’s iconic champions in a new light, this year’s cinematic is essentially a two-minute flythrough of the game’s Summoner’s Rift map accompanied by a voiceover.
Fans quickly noticed the disparity between this year’s cinematic and the ones from previous years, and wasted no time in voicing their displeasure. That prompted Riot to acknowledge the controversy in a thread of tweets. Citing “unprecedented circumstances,” Riot stated it chose an “alternate approach to the Season 2023 video” that it thought would still celebrate the League of Legends universe and the game’s competitive spirit.