Just the other week, the guys at Riot Games implied they were killing off one of the League of Legends [official site] characters: a piratical dude called Gangplank, whose storyline got turned on its head for an event called Bilgewater: Burning Tides. The idea was that Gangplank had been murdered by Miss Fortune, he had been blown up in the new League lore and was no longer available as a playable character.
Which in and of itself is a big deal for my fellow LoL alumni; except that as it turns out in the recently released epilogue to Burning Tides he’s not a goner afterall. Gangplank’s still alive and kicking, although missing an arm now, and his new character design reflects that. Our Gangplank will be playable again with the new patch, 5.15, which is coming out this week.
The new default appearance gets rid of his signature coat, giving you full view to his impressive dadbod, while one arm has been replaced by a metal prosthetic. But if you deeply miss the old design you can unlock it as a new skin, although you need to have played one game as the pirate by August 10th at 2am. PDT. You can play any matchmade game to get the skin, as long as you already own him.
August 10th will also see the end of the Burning Tide event which gives you until the end of the week to try out some of the associated game modes.