League of Legends champion Nasus' voice to be switched after death of original actor | PCGamesN

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League of Legends champion Nasus' voice to be switched after death of original actor

Number-fact #1: there are 116 champions in League of Legends today, and plenty more to come. Number-fact #2: there are 365 days in a year, and the character models in this four year old game look a little shabbier with each passing one. Consequently, Riot employ a full-time ‘relaunch’ team to tackle every ageing champion in turn, giving each a visible and audible overhaul and releasing them back into their lanes.

It’s a process that’s going on all the time. But it’s a little different with Nasus, because his voice actor has passed away.

Beyond a higher-fidelity halberd, new animations and a spruced up model that reflects his “unbounded intellect and immense power”, vaguely Anubisian champion Nasus has been newly voiceovered. That’s upset players, some of whom want to honour the work of his original actor, jazz-soul legend Gene McDaniels. McDaniels died aged 76 in July 2011.

“It's stated that Riot has done everything possible to preserve the spirit of the original voiceover,” wrote RespectedDucks. “In my humble opinion, the best way to respect and preserve the spirit of Gene McDaniels would be to immortalize him forever as Nasus, the Curator of the Sands.”

A Riot relaunch QA analyst told players on the official LoL forums that the developers had been “very conscious” of fan feelings while working on the Nasus update, but couldn’t feasibly keep McDaniels’ voice.

“The number of lines included in new champion voiceover has expanded significantly (from 16 to around 45 in Nasus’ case) since Nasus originally made his debut,” he explained. “But during the process of updating Nasus we’ve done everything possible to preserve the spirit of the original voiceover.”

If you're just jumping into League of Legends and want to know what champions to pick, check out our best League of Legends champions for beginners guide.

The great strength of the ever-growing online game is also its curse: nothing can stay the same; everything must be borne forward ceaselessly into the future.

Some of you lot must be Nasus players. What's your take on this?

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