Riot Game’s skill for creating in-house cinematics is surging to near Blizzard levels of fidelity with the release of the new cinematic trailer for League of Legends called A New Dawn. The trailer comes in at just under six and a half minutes long, most of which is filled to the brim with action, and features a full cast of heroes performing many of their iconic moves in glorious CGI.

In comparison to previous League cinematics, there’s an awful lot of blood this time around. Makes sense as both Darius and Rengar -two of Leagues most tenacious heroes- are featured carving up their opponents. But it’s the impressive appearance of Nautilus for me that really solidified just how big (and badass) the underwater explorer really is.

A companion “behind-the-scenes” video goes into the nitty-gritty of how Riot brought each character’s persona to life through a combination of art, music and sound effects. “When you play the game you get a much smaller piece of this broader story we want to tell,” said animator Rylan “RiotSilverfox” Davies. He goes on to say “we want players to come away with a stronger connection to the character’s they play as..seeing them in cinematic form gives you a lot more attachment to the character.”

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  1. peacefull53 on July 26, 2014

    Ehhh…. Leona looks like Anna (From Frozen)… O.o

  2. Adam on July 25, 2014

    Amazing trailer, although I don’t play the game! Great job animation crew!

  3. Eviil on July 24, 2014

    man thats an awesome trailer, i just wish they updated the graphics lol

  4. Flevalt on July 23, 2014

    Anyone noticed the deformed appearance of Ahri?
    Compare her in this video with her in the original artwork. In the trailer she looks like a child, except that all those characters in the cinematic are meant to look like the original characters.
    And while everything looks cartoonish, as is just the relatively new art style of League of Legends, Ahri is the only one in the entire video that looks like a Chibi character with exaggeratedly extreme proportions.

    The most obscure thing is how at scenes like at 1:37 her face seems like a giant football while at every scene after that her proportions seem normal again.

    • Ninetenduh on July 23, 2014

      Yea i recognized it when i saw the Preview picture on Youtube, it kind of felt wrong, still the Cinematic is Pretty good, and Bloody as hell.

  5. PBJninja71 on July 22, 2014

    If you ask me, i think they’re working on a big update that will change gameplay heavily so it will resemble the trailer at least a little bit so you can actually do something in league other than just a casual stroll around the map

  6. PBJninja71 on July 22, 2014

    If you ask me, i think they’re working on a big update that will change gameplay heavily so it will resemble the trailer at least a little bit so you can actually do something in league other than just casually stroll around the map

  7. Bic Boi on July 22, 2014

    Okay? So? Wow we can make fancy trailers. Does this even serve a purpose other than showing off on Riot’s part? Congrats, you can make fancy CG. So can every other large development house these days.

    • dark20xx on July 23, 2014

      It’s called marketing. Look it up.

    • Karnaij on July 23, 2014

      uhh you think Riots going out there? World of Warcraft is making a MOVIE! Its going to be shown in theaters from what i hear

  8. Malice on July 22, 2014

    Not a fan of League for the most part, but that was fantastic. Very, very well done.
    Also loved that it heavily featured my favorite character (Ahri) and my second favorite (Leona).

  9. Eyegasm on July 22, 2014

    Wow that Natilus looks so freaking bad-ass.

    • Karnaij on July 23, 2014

      good ol’ nautilus he may be late to the fight due to how big and heavy he is but when he gets there shit goes down

  10. Mizorath on July 22, 2014

    I want cinematic with Pantheon…THAT would be epic…

  11. Eliitti on July 22, 2014

    Mounted

    That was epic!

  12. Miki on July 22, 2014

    League Of Lesbians!

    • Elder Titan on July 22, 2014

      Wait till Dota 2 Get Techies Bye Bye poor trailer 😀

      • dutzy14 on July 23, 2014

        how can one character change all? you have a lot of characters… -1 or +1 its still almost the same.

        Comparing this to a trailer is weird… Need to check your fanboy logic…

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