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Unique: Why Riot Forge and Tequila Works made a complete sport on ‘unpopular’ Nunu and Willump

Unique: Why Riot Forge and Tequila Works made a complete sport on ‘unpopular’ Nunu and Willump

Nunu and Willump have a traditionally low decide price in League of Legends.

The duo is among the unique champions that Riot Video games launched method again in 2009 when their MOBA debuted. Whereas there was a meta that noticed the champion excelling within the jungle — a lot in order that former Edward Gaming star jungler Ming “Clearlove” Kai picked it 26 occasions — the champion by no means fairly got here again after that.

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Nonetheless, that’s all about to vary. Exterior of Summoner’s Rift, at the least.

Riot Forge and Tequila Works have been engaged on Tune of Nunu, a single-player story journey sport, earlier than the pandemic hit, and are lastly able to launch the sport in 2023. Talking to ONE Esports in an unique interview at Gamescom 2023, we discover out extra about why they’ve chosen to place this unpopular champion within the highlight.

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Riot Forge and Tequila Works tells us why, out of all champions, they selected Nunu and Willump to star in Tune of Nunu

Song of Nunu official screenshot showing Nunu and Willump looking out into The Freljord
Credit score: Riot Forge

Riot Forge doesn’t solely dictate which characters seem of their video games, Rowan Parker, Artistic Director of Riot Forge, advised ONE Esports.

Actually, Braum is already displaying up twice of their first 5 titles. He debuted in Ruined King alongside Illaoi, Ahri, Yasuo, and Miss Fortune, and is once more featured in Tune of Nunu, which takes place in The Freljord, his residence area.

“The concept for Braum occurred on the identical time Ruined King was being made and the 2 tasks didn’t even know one another, however they each independently steered [him],” Rowan mentioned. “And the explanation I mentioned sure was as a result of it made sense for the story. We all the time select what is sensible for the story.”

Braum in Song of Nunu a League of Legends story
Credit score: Riot Forge

Yasuo and Ahri are two of essentially the most performed League of Legends champions of all time. In Ruined King, they teamed up with Illaoi, one other low pick-rate champion like Nunu, proving that reputation isn’t a think about making Riot Forge video games.

As an alternative, nice storytelling is the entire level of Tune of Nunu, which affords one thing totally different from earlier Forge titles.

“Tequila Works make intimate human tales. It’s laborious to narrate to Aurelion Sol or Pantheon, an area dragon and a god,” defined Rowan. “Nunu and Willump are coping with a really human factor. They’re coping with loss: Nunu is on the lookout for his misplaced mom, Willump is the final of his type.”

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“These are very relatable issues and we will actually discover their depth of character,” he added. “That’s what Tequila is excellent at doing. Their bread and butter is emotional, narrative, story-driven video games, which actually tug at folks’s hearts.”

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