2016 Season Update – New Client (Alpha)
A new client is entering alpha testing. Scroll to the end to see how you can apply for early access & feedback:
The current League of Legends client has been your companion for the past six years, but it’s in sore need of an upgrade. We’ve been working hard to make that happen, and beginning during the 2016 Season we’ll invite community members to test and give feedback on a work-in-progress alpha version of the updated client. We have a limited number of slots open in the alpha client construction crew, but we’ll make room for as many folks as we can.
Once the alpha is complete, the updated client will be defined primarily by three things:
We’re abandoning the legacy client’s tech framework and building the updated client from the ground up, so players will finally have the more reliable, responsive client they deserve. Bonus: teams at Riot will have an easier time developing and delivering new features.
The updated client is our chance to rethink interface and design, cooking in some fresh visuals while we’re at it. The new design unifies all sections of the client under a clear, visually-consistent theme.
We’re already working on quite a few features that will make playing with friends easier, including Parties, Clubs, and the Friends mobile app. The updated client takes that goal further by giving you a resource-light, standalone friends list you can use to stay in the loop without needing to open the full-size client. It’ll let you see who’s in game and message your buds while you’re downloading the latest patch, and you’ll be able to launch straight into games with a click.
Anyone who signs up for the alpha can expect an incomplete, bumpy experience as we actively work on every part of the client. If you’re a brave player who wants to join the alpha construction crew, keep a few things in mind: we’re looking for level 30 players from all over the world, and those with a history of good in-game behavior will be given priority. For development purposes, not everybody who applies will make it in. Look for signups to open before the alpha kicks off next year.
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