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Mar 16, 2013

New ARAM Map on PBE: Howling Abyss

A new ARAM map is being released on the PBE, which looks super cool compared to the old Proving Grounds map! It also comes with a new matchmaking queue! Check out the details released below!

Hey Gang,

It’s been a while since I first talked to you guys about making ARAM an official gameplay mode, and today I’ve got something awesome to share with you. For the past few months I’ve been working with an exceptional team of artists to create a space that’s an appropriate setting for both the epic battles that occur in ARAM and within the world of Runeterra at large. As a result, we’ve completely reworked the Proving Grounds and, in effect, created something entirely new.

Now, instead of fighting on a random bridge over a black void, you’ll be fighting on the Howling Abyss, an ancient landmark in Freljord where the Iceborn finally overthrew their oppressors and sent them tumbling into the chasm below. As you might have guessed from these mysterious journals, there’s more (a lot more!) our story team would love to tell you Freljord – but for now, you’ll have to wait.

Anyway, work is still ongoing on the map, and it’s yet a few patches away from release but we just wanted to invite you guys in a bit earlier than normal to get your thoughts as we begin to polish it up. The environment team will be actively reading the forum and looking for your feedback, so please let us know what you think!

Additionally I wanted to let you guys know that we are actively working on an official matchmaking queue for ARAM and plan to launch it with the map when it’s ready. The queue isn’t currently enabled on PBE as there’s still a good bit of tech work that needs to be resolved to handle the number of players on the environment, but we’re fully committed to giving you guys the best experience that we can. So with that, check out the map and explore what we’ve created; who knows, maybe you’ll even find some surprises!

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  1. i was waiting for this so longgggg finallly do we get ip like normal domi or rift too? and not like custom games?

  2. SSJSuntasticMarch 16, 2013

    It should be a full on map since it will be in a matchmaking queue :)

  3. Oh, this is great. Now I stop being kicked from custom games despite being lvl 30. Hell, you even get kicked when you're in spectator.

  4. This looks likes the bridge from Guardian's of Middle Earth. But if this isn't a April Fool's Joke this will be awesome. I love ARAM Games

  5. Still waiting for Magma Room...Riot seem to have give it up :(

  6. SSJSuntasticMarch 16, 2013

    I'm pretty sure Magma room became Dominion lol

  7. Hmm by the screenshot of the project taken they are really farway from it!

  8. Good thing they are making this mode official.
    Less tards in SR.

  9. Playing this on PBE, its a real kick in the fps, I run the other maps at 60 fps, but Howling abyss jumps around between 20 and 40 fps, hope it gets optimized some more

  10. Considering it is a PBE and not released yet; 30 fps, even 40 fps is great! You can not require more from a PBE map.


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