In a Q&A posted today, League of Legends developer Riot Games admitted that it unintentionally made its newest champion, Kai’Sa, look “unnecessarily sexualized.”
Riot had previously committed to not adding any more “hyper sexualized” champions to League of Legends, so some players cried foul when they saw the deep V-neckline on Kai’Sa. Lead Producer of Champions Ryan Mireles responded to exactly that complaint in an official dev Q&A, saying that they “could’ve done better.”
“We’ll be the first to admit that Kai’Sa’s neckline didn’t land well with players and that it made her look unnecessarily sexualized, even if it that wasn’t the intention,” Mireles wrote.
Even though we had good intentions, we could’ve done better, and in the future, we will be even more conscious of these decisions.
Mireles explained the decision behind Kai’Sa’s design, a character who survived in League of Legends’ horrific alternate dimension called the Void, saying “it was really important for us to make sure Kai’Sa looked like a human wearing a Void-suit, rather than a monstrosity created by the Void.”
Mireles continued by saying that Kai’Sa initially didn’t have a deep neckline, but that the important distinction between human and monster was hard to see in-game. He said that the lack of visible skin made her look inhuman, and that although they tried various ways to fix it, revealing more skin ended up making it clearer to playtesters that she was wearing an outfit.
“In retrospect, we recognize we should’ve prioritized searching for other ways to solve this problem, especially because the end result didn’t land well for many players,” Mireles said. He ended his post by committing to not making the same mistake in the future, saying “Even though we had good intentions, we could’ve done better, and in the future, we will be even more conscious of these decisions.”
There was no indication that Riot Games would be making any changes to Kai’Sa as a part of this response. We have reached out to Riot Games for comment and will update this story when they respond.
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