Since League of Legends’ upcoming 2v2v2v2 game mode is on the horizon, here’s everything you need to know.
League of Legends has many game modes. However, their main game mode is normal or ranked 5v5 Summoner’s Rift. They have other temporary game modes like URF, ARURF, One For All, Ultimate Spellbook, etc. But all the game modes mentioned earlier are played on Summoner’s Rift.
Besides SR, there is ARAM which is played on Howling Abyss. It’s a 5v5 game mode that works similarly to SR but has no side objectives. And the only goal is to destroy the enemy nexus. However, this game mode was released in 2012, and many players have played ARAM more than SR.
But there used to be even more game modes, like Twisted Treeline and Dominion, which had unique maps. However, due to various reasons, Riot had to remove them.
But in season 8 of League of Legends, Riot added an experimental game mode Nexus Blitz. They later re-added it in season 10. This game mode occurred in its unique map, The Temple of Lily and Lotus. Though Riot mentioned that it was supposed to come back in 2022, unfortunately, due to technical issues, they canceled their plans.
League of Legends: 2v2v2v2 Game mode
When Riot originally revealed this game mode, they only stated that it would be 2v2v2v2. They did not reveal anything else. But recently, they revealed their new dev log. Their dev log revealed much information about their game modes, including the upcoming one.
Riot has set up some key points for this mode. First is that they want players to get into PvP combat. That also includes minimizing time spent dead. Moreover, they also mentioned that they want to push champion customization beyond its limit.
This upcoming game mode’s gameplay will be unique compared to traditional League of Legends. Firstly, there will be a regular pick system, and the players will be divided into a team of 2 people. There will be a maximum of 4 teams. 2 teams will fight against each other in several death match-style rounds.
After each round, players can gain items, levels, and the mode-specific powerup called augments. Afterward, once a team loses enough rounds, they will be disqualified until one team is left standing.
And judging from the concept, it is very similar to the Double Up game mode of Teamfight Tactics. Even Riot mentioned that the 2v2v2v2 game mode is inspired by the said game.
Since the mode is still developing, Riot did not share much information. But they did share the core gameplay gimmick, Augments.
Augments are powerups designed to create unique builds for champions. Players could amplify their champion’s core strength using the Augments or turn their champions into something unique. Moreover, players could create unique combat situations for their champions using the Augments. Riot has showcased some highlight situations created through Augments, like a Sylas who can cast Lissandra’s W-Ice Shard every 5 seconds. Or Ekko with 500 attack range, turning him into a ranged carry. And devastating of all, giving Kai’Sa, Kog’Maw’s passive, but the explosion deals enough damage to kill both enemies.
Since most Augments are still in early development, Riot did not reveal any further information.
While Riot did not mention it, the upcoming game mode will have its own separate and unique map. Moreover, in their preview screenshot, they were playing on the Nexus Blitz map, The Temple of Lily and Lotus. So we can assume that the game mode will have a new map.
What Will The 2v2v2v2 Game Mode Be Called?
They haven’t given the game mode a proper name in their dev blog yet. Jokingly, they even called it “Project Just-Kidding-We’re-Not-Giving-It-A-Codename.” Probably internally, they are still calling the game mode “2v2v2v2 Game mode” since it is still very early in development.
Expected Release Date
Riot mentioned that they want to release the game mode sooner. So they will release the game mode in an experimental stage, similar to how Nexus Blitz was. Furthermore, they plan to release the game mode in the upcoming summer. So we might see it around July.