Riot Games explains why we don’t see game modes like Odyssey or Star Guardian anymore


Due to the lack of play time Riot Games might not be bringing back unique game modes like Odyssey, Star Guardian, or Blood Moon any time soon.

Many League of Legends fans has been complaining about why Riot Games is not bringing back some unique game modes like Odyssey or Star Guardian. In response to the complaints, in the latest Dev post Riot Games explained why they are doing this and why they might never bring them back.

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Both the Odyssey: Extraction and Star Guardian: Invasion was PvE style game modes that had a unique play style. Considering the concepts these events should be fun but if we take a look at the chart provided by Riot Games, we can clearly see how quickly the play hours of these modes dropped just after a few days.

If you played Odyssey: Extraction back in 2018, you might remember how frustrating sometimes it would get. There were countless reports on League of Legends communities on how many players just played these modes to complete their missions and never played them again after completing or never played them at all.

“Modes like this put a really unique twist on League’s core gameplay, but they didn’t hold your attention for long” Riot Games said. “In other words, players were excited to try the modes but would quickly return to Summoner’s Rift after the novelty wore off.”

Game modes like ARUF on the other hand had a huge spike at the beginning but ultimately it’s play hour also dropped significantly. ARAM and TFT are the only game modes that still manages to hold a consistent game hour.

“We want to make sure that the amount of time we spend in development is worth the amount of time y’all get enjoying it,” Riot Games added.

But, Riot Games did bring back some popular game modes like pick URF and one for all in recent patches. And they are also planning to return Nexus Blitz this summer 2020.

Based on today’s dev post it is clear that Riot Games is not planning to reinstate those events any time soon but, in the meantime they will be focusing on improving things like the Event Pass system and mission variety.


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