The month of January marks huge announcements for every Riot Games product. Therefore, expectations for Wild Rift 2022 news coming up on the Riot Stream are rather high. Although the game seems rather complete, Wild Rift developers clearly envision something bigger for the mobile MOBA. The developers promise continued improvement. After all, Wild Rift’s year in 2021 technically served as beta testing. And they definitely tested a lot of different features, experimenting what worked and what didn’t.
This begs the question, what should players expect from the Wild Rift 2022 stream?
[Related: Wild Rift Yuumi Leaked]
New leaked champions which might be making their way into #WildRift in the next few months:-
– Kindred (Pretty sure it was leaked before alongside Taliyah) (?)
Alongside, Infernal Rift
— ExC (@ExC_WR) January 3, 2022
Without a doubt, expect some new champions in Wild Rift. Every couple months, Wild Rift always does this form of an announcement. With a large population of champions to choose from in League PC, Wild Rift simply has to pick out selections from the preexisting roster. But which champions will join Wild Rift?
A recent data leak already revealed around five potential new additions to the game: Yuumi, Aatrox, Taliyah, Kindred, and Ornn. Though no official confirmation of these champions technically exist, expect at least one of these champions to reveal this week. It’s been quite some time since the last champion additions, therefore more champions is a very logical step for Wild Rift. In addition, these champions weren’t just pulled out of thin air. Data miners discovered images and code for the champions inside the game, creating strong evidence for their arrival.
As a whole, Wild Rift’s gameplay updates as of late definitely seem very cautious and careful. Especially since the developers prepared for the Horizon Cup in Patch 2.6, a lot of gameplay updates definitely seemed to walk on thin ice, attempting to balance the meta rather than drastically push it forward. Even the recent items added, such as Banshee’s Veil, almost seem intentionally weak as to diminish the probability of the item becoming overbearing. But since January marks the beginning of 2022, now is a best time as any for Wild Rift to push for some drastic changes.
In the leak, Infernal Rift was discovered. Though this term is a little hard to analyze and take for face value, it’s likely referring to the map changes that occur with the appropriate elemental dragon takedown. This map change occurs in League PC, permanently changing terrain after the second dragon is slain. And since Wild Rift took the two Rift Herald mechanics directly from League PC, it’s very likely that they’ll take the terrain changes from elemental drakes as well. Although this is next part is a bit of a stretch, Taliyah and Ornn both utilize terrain in their kit. Taliyah’s movement speed increases next to walls, and Ornn knocks enemies up when headbutting them into a terrain. Therefore, terrain changes correlate with the champion leaks, making them pretty plausible.
This rings especially true since the basic elemental drakes are a little lackluster in the current state of the game, overpowered by Rift Heralds in the early game. Terrain changes would be a really nice change of pace, placing larger emphasis on dragons to balance out the power dynamic around the map.
This next part is going to be brutally honest. Wild Rift developers have a tendency to communicate off putting changes at the wrong time. To be frank, they have a history of messing up. So many members of the community constantly berate the developers. Eventually, they become disappointed by the game’s progress while expecting immediate growth. But the Wild Rift team’s poor communication in these developer talks doesn’t necessarily mean that the game hasn’t evolved, and that they’re not improving Wild Rift.
In addition, it’s hard to really expect every thing that the developers have planned. Similar to the Guild Function that took the community by surprise in patch 2.5, the developers may once again throw the community another curve ball.
Comparing Wild Rift’s initial release to its current state now is like comparing night and day. So much has changed for the better, but it definitely hasn’t happened over night. Although the Wild Rift 2022 stream will likely provide great news, don’t expect the game to massively improve over night.
This article is based off of speculation on data mines, game trends, and analysis of Wild Rift’s past updates. Therefore, take everything here with a grain of salt, since nothing is guaranteed. But even then, try to keep the “catering expectations” section in mind. Wild Rift undeniably improved since its initial launch. So try to trust in the developers to work arduously to improve the game over time. The communication with the player base hasn’t always been optimal. But Riot definitely has the player’s best interests in mind.
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