A major part of League of Legends is set to go away very soon. The Legacy Client, which has been around since 2009, will officially be retired in North America on April 24th. Now, you might be wondering, what does this mean? Well, on the whole, it means that if you’ve not tested out the new client (which is still in beta for the most part), you will need to get acquainted with the new settings and features. However, developer Riot Games has plenty of promises for what’s coming in the new client.
For the Riot Games team, this is a major improvement. The new client was built from the ground up to make sure that League of Legends could not only be developed faster in regards to new updates, but also make vast improvements that the Legacy Client just couldn’t offer. Features like Practice Tool, Replays, popping out the message window, being able to shift and click to assign runes, and more will be available once it launches.
The team does admit that though the Legacy Client is shutting down on the 24th, the new client does have it’s own baggage, as there are still some stability issues and bugs. They may not be able to solve everything before retiring the Legacy Client in North America, but they’re committed to addressing the concerns of their community.
If you have voiced concerns about the new client, Riot Games does seem to be listening to you, and even listed out in the notification page some of the biggest complaints for the new client. Issues such as the message window covering up key areas of the screen, certain tasks taking far more clicks than the Legacy Client, and others were all mentioned. Riot Games will be working on your suggestions to make sure the new client is as good as it can be. Then when it launches, they’ll work hard to make it even better.
If you’re interested in reading more about why Riot feels the need to replace the client entirely, see this past Ask Riot article.