On Thursday, Riot Games announced that a new version of the Riot Client will begin rolling out to players on Sept. 20. The tentative worldwide launch date is set to be Oct. 4, but is subject to change based on a variety of factors.
Longtime fans of Riot Games’ titles, and even the people that make them, are all-too-familiar with the frustrations that can come with navigating the client. But in a few weeks, those issues may become a thing of the past.
Coming soon! A new Riot Client launcher is on its way. 🚂 💨 💨
Learn More: https://t.co/X7JpoSBV14
— Riot Games (@riotgames) September 16, 2021
New Riot Games client
According to Riot, the goal of the new version will be to upgrade the existing client with a streamlined user interface that makes it easier to navigate different Riot titles while having easy access to updates and news from your favorite games. This will serve as a one-stop-shop for all Riot games, eliminating the need for multiple desktop shortcuts.
In the announcement, Riot identified the three core tenants of a successful client experience:
- Avoiding the hassle of manual downloads and updates.
- Giving users reliable access to any relevant news, updates and other information for their preferred game(s).
- Giving users the ability to head straight into a game if they don’t feel like flipping through the launcher.
The new client will include cinematic backgrounds for individual game pages, event previews and more. Riot also released a preview of the new client that fans can check out now.
This isn’t the first major client endeavor Riot has executed on in recent years. Riot first announced the Client Cleanup Campaign for League of Legends in March 2020 as a way to create transparency with the community surrounding upcoming changes and improvements to the client. The most recent update from the initiative was in April 2021.
Riot clarified that the Riot Client team is already working on additional features for the new Riot Client that will release overtime after a successful initial launch. More updates on the details of these addons will be available in the coming months.