League of Legends fans are getting an Ahri visual rework, an Aesthetic Sustainability Update in Riot Games’ official parlance.
It’s already been announced that Ahri will be receiving a small gameplay update alongside her visual rework, similar in scope to Caitlyn’s update ahead of Arcane’s release. Ahri’s update will likely look to more closely match her appearance in the Riot Forge game Ruined King as well as Legends of Runeterra.
A new Dynasty Ahri splash art has made its way to the PBE, giving fans the first looks at what changes Riot wants to make to Ahri’s look. The tweaks seem to indicate that Riot is happy with Ahri’s recent depictions in other games. Ahri’s Legends of Runeterra look seems to be the template, though that takes some inspiration from Ruined King.
In this depiction, Ahri’s Ionian roots are a bit more clear through the gold edges on her cloak, as well as a reimagined version of her classic outfit. This seems like the best direction for Riot to look at, given that it’s the most recent canon depiction of the nine-tailed fox-folk. Ahri is one of League of Legends’ most iconic characters, but her kit has aged poorly in the years since her release and her appearance hasn’t fared much better. Designer Riot August confirmed the mechanical update on Twitter.
A rework to Dynasty Ahri hit PBE recently, with changes to make Ahri’s form less slight and skinny and more closely proportioned to other art of her. There’s no huge overhaul here, just making Ahri seem slightly more modernized. There will be more splash art updates to come as the ASU nears its release.
The Ahri ASU will be making its way to the live servers in the next few months to polish up the mobile mid laner in both a mechanical and aesthetic sense.