Riot Video games has quickly disabled League of Legends (opens in new tab) character Neeko after she unexpectedly developed the flexibility to remodel into a large tower that may kill enemy gamers in a single shot.
Neeko is definitely a shapeshifter: Her character bio (opens in new tab) says she “can mix into any crowd by borrowing the appearances of others, even absorbing one thing of their emotional state to inform good friend from foe instantly.” Her passive skill allows her to take the type of an allied champion: Whereas disguised she will make use of fundamental assaults, however will revert to her pure kind if she takes any harm.
That is the way it’s speculated to work, anyway. However a brand new bug was lately found that gave Neeko the flexibility to remodel right into a tower—particularly, a Nexus Obelisk, a sort of turret that possesses the best structural harm output within the sport. In accordance with the LoL fan wiki (opens in new tab), they’re really designed as a defensive homicide machine: They’re positioned close to spawn platforms to maintain enemy gamers from spawn tenting them.
This clip, from League streamer Vandiril, fairly clearly demonstrates the issue:
And right here it’s from the opposite aspect of the coin—a participant consuming a one-shot kill from a reworked Neeko:
Nonetheless not fastened, huh? Thanks for this nice expertise @riotgames @Vandiril pic.twitter.com/4Hks3wWkKmNovember 22, 2022
As you may think, the flexibility of 1 character to remodel into one among these one-shot dying fortresses, instantly and anyplace on the map, throws the sport into full imbalance. It is principally the LoL equal of Anakin Skywalker’s large showdown with the younglings: There’s simply no protection towards it.
Due to that, Riot was compelled to disable Neeko whereas it tries to repair no matter went mistaken.
Some League gamers on Reddit had been stunned that this might occur in any respect, provided that Nexus Obelisks aren’t characters, however fastened turrets. “How is that even a potential bug?” Rumbleinthejungle8 (opens in new tab) requested. “The sport’s code should be an actual mess for that to be potential. I assume all the pieces being coded as a minion is not only a meme.”
That is a reference to the truth that extra than simply minions are coded as “minions” in League of Legends. This Reddit put up from 2015 (opens in new tab) breaks it down intimately: Nearly all the pieces within the sport shares fundamental, underlying traits, though their complexity varies broadly.
“The phrase ‘all the pieces is a minion’ is kind of true but it surely’s nearer to saying one thing like ‘all the pieces is an object’ quite than ‘all the pieces is a lane minion’,” RiotXypherous defined within the put up. “Lane minions are literally fairly sophisticated, given they’ve a mannequin, animations and an AI—one thing that the essential minion object would not have (relying on which one is getting used, I believe they’re all idle cubes.)”
Some gamers have steered that the issue may be so simple as a failed or mistaken entity kind examine, however the truth that Neeko has been disabled for greater than 24 hours means that the issue is extra critical than a easy scripting error. After all, the timing is not ultimate both: November 24 is the Thanksgiving vacation within the US, a significant vacation that sees most companies within the nation shut down for a protracted weekend of meals, booze, and (I believe, I am Canadian so not super-clear on the small print of the ritual) soccer. In order that’s one more reason why this Neeko Obelisk enterprise would possibly take slightly longer than regular to repair.
No matter all that, the Neeko bug is yet one more instance of the challenges confronted by live-game builders, who need to take care of a gradual stream of updates which can be continuously altering characters, worlds, and gameplay. It is the character of the beast: In October, Blizzard needed to disable Bastion and Torbjörn (opens in new tab) in Overwatch 2 due to equally overpowered glitches of their ultimates, and two weeks later shut down Mei (opens in new tab) as a result of she’d grow to be just a bit bit extra cell than she was meant to be. Riot was additionally compelled to tug the plug on Valorant’s new hero Harbor (opens in new tab) simply final week, as a result of his final had gone screwy as effectively.
There is no indication at this level as to when Neeko will return to motion. I’ve reached out to Riot for extra info on that entrance, and can replace if I obtain a reply.