Spelunky world record broken once again - record breaker plans on topping it

Star Citizen hits $42 million in funding; Chris Roberts brings out the towels

Don't lose your towel: Grail to the Thief is an adventure game for the blind inspired by Hitchhiker's Guide to...

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lines included in new champion voiceover has expanded significantly (from 16 to around 45 in Nasus’ case) since Nasus originally made his debut,” he explained.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.”

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?

Login or Register

League of Legends

Riot Games manager talks the "hard realities" of working full-time on League of Legends

League of Legends pro fined over "one of the highest harassment scores" in LCS history

Snow Leopard is feeding: Riot bump up minimum specs for League of Legends on Mac

Even esports had a montage: watch the Katowice 2014 highlights

Riot rejig League of Legends champion Twitch: they've had their sights set on him "for years"

League of Legends gets a new mode for a week, making everyone a death-dealing god

League of Legends

League of Legends Champion Review: Vel'Koz, the Eye of the Void

Everybody wants to be a Captain: Riot take action to quicken League of Legends Team Builder queues

Uncharted game director leaves Naughty Dog for "really innovative stuff" at Riot Games

Riot pull Night Hunter Rengar skin from League of Legends test servers, refund players

Riot believe Team Builder helps League of Legends players uncover their "inherent" good

League of Legends' Team Builder is live in North America; lead developer responds to feedback

Starcraft

As progaming team Quantic implode, a new installment of a sadly common eSports story

Weekend in Paris: Riot bring Europe "a little love" with League of Legends All-Star 2014

Riot roll out beta Team Builder for League of Legends, lay foundations for "great teamwork"

League of Legends 4.3 brings minor tweaks and teases Vel'Koz

The eye to avoid: Riot cast their champion spotlight over Vel'Koz

Riot apologise for League of Legends disconnections, lag and login queues as arms race against hackers "continues to grow"

League of Legends

League of Legends Champion Review: Yasuo, the Unforgiven

Blizzard rumoured to be modelling Heroes of the Storm's free-to-play on LoL

Super Hexakill: League of Legends gains six-player mode on February 20

Meet Vel'Koz, League of Legends' grotesque new champion

League of Legends 4.2 brings some nerfs and reworks, and winter skins make a return

Riot address LoL spectator cam kerfuffle: "We have no interest in using patents offensively"