Riot Games update players on the progress of Dr. Mundo's visual and gameplay update Friday, sharing how different the new Dr. Mundo is from his old appearance.
Per Riot Games' blog post, the team set out with three main goals for the redesign:
- Upgrade his visuals and theme, not only to look better but to better fit in with how League's visual style has evolved.
- Improve Mundo’s kit while maintaining his super-tank regen and ability to chuck cleavers.
- Keep Mundo a very simple champion.
One of the early decisions the League of Legends redesign team had to make was to determine whether Dr. Mundo was a brilliant doctor who went mad, or a “brilliant doctor” who is mad. The community wanted to keep him a lighthearted comedic character, so that's what the team did by leaning into the dark comedy of the champion.
Character artist Edgar “SpaceReptile” Monteon said that while wanting to keep elements of Dr. Mundo's original design, they wanted to tell more of a story with the champion's look and make him more dynamic.
Lead animator Drew “sandwichtown” Morgan stated that they changed his Q and tower attack to levy more of his character and show his affliction to not feel pain and have more weight to his attacks.
Visual effects artist Jason “LankyTree” Chisolm says that to make the transformation of Dr. Mundo's chemically enhanced physicality in his ultimate, they simply made him bigger to show the strength of this transformation.
Sound designer Jayvon “Riot Jirsan” Rymer wanted the player to feel like they were battling with a giant force that increases as time goes on. That feeling is expressed in the new sounds that have been implemented.
The VGU will also include the redesigned Rageborn Mundo, a play on the original Mundo skin Red Mundo.