In the most recent Champion Roadmap release by Riot, we get a quick glimpse of the theme they have for the next character. We also get news about Nunu and Akali’s gameplay update.
Akali’s visual and gameplay update has been know about for a while, but all that we've known is that Riot wants to preserve her ‘shroud’ ability. They want to keep her playstyle of “hitting hard, repositioning, and then striking again” as they put it. This is one way that they feel helps keep Akali feeling like a real ninja. They also stated that they want to make sure her mobility stays the same so that she doesn't feel like a completely different champion. Another theme Riot is looking at is her ability to do attack damage and magic damage. Using both damage types makes her feel like she has “mastered a wide range of weapons”. Overall, her rework seems to be coming along well and will make Akali mains happy.
Nunu has also been added to list of champion updates after Aatrox and Akali. Riot said that Nunu hasn't aged well and compared to other champions seems lackluster. Not only has his model not been updated since his release, but his abilities don’t seem to fit into the current state of the game. They want to keep Nunu and Willump’s friendship to stay as the core idea for his update. They also want to “capture the childlike feeling of having your first snowball fight or warming up next to a close friend on a cold winter night”. His rework will hopefully bring a lot more light to his character and make it feel like you’re playing as Nunu and not the Yeti.
Even though Riot Games announced their plans to decrease the amount of new champions released, they didn't fail to leave us without food for thought. Embedded into Riot’s “Champion Roadmap: April 2018” article, they hinted at what could be the next new character. Although they didn't give a great amount of information, this next champion is supposedly a support. This champion will be an aggressive playmaker, and “ someone who doesn't just save a drowning ally, but who forces their enemies to drown themselves… by their own hands”. As for the new lore, the Champion Producers over at Riot HQ are looking to create a “darker, deeper thematic than most of our support cast”. For the players, however, keep your eyes on the sea - or just get some floaties.