‘Beyond Legends’: Mobile Legends unveils hero updates
Just because you’re a legend doesn’t mean you can no longer evolve. And with the release of the new “Beyond Legends” trailer on Sept. 12, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) showed how it is reworking its beloved characters.
MLBB is the popular mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) of Shanghai-based video game developer and publisher Moonton. The trailer showcases the upcoming optimization project, NEXT. Focusing on keeping their hero pool relevant, MLBB developers are breathing new life into these characters with new skill sets, background stories, and appearances.
Miya and Alucard
On Sept. 22, MLBB will have Project NEXT’s biggest update to date, focusing on art improvement and new designs for five beginner heroes: Miya, Layla, Zilong, Eudora, and Saber.
In the previous months, MLBB revamped Miya and Alucard. Miya’s update ranges from tweaks to character design and model, all the way to major developments in her new passive and second skill which will grant her higher damage output, better movement, and crowd control ability.
For Alucard’s character design, the development team has decided to focus on minor detail enhancements while keeping the overall look the same. With regards to his play style, the team chose to highlight Alucard’s ability to excel in solo combat and further amplified his damage output on single targets.
For the next wave of hero updates, Eudora and Saber will also have updated background stories, character developments, and skill revamps. There will also be a Battlefield Upgrade based on the 2.0 update (2019) on Sept. 22.
New MLBB logo
Another upgrade is the in-game music, which was arranged by award-winning composer Jeff Broadbent. Broadbent is known for his work on Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2, and Assassin’s Creed Identity.
“We gave the main theme a fresh approach by including new instruments. Things like this where able to give a new personality while keeping the original identity,” said Broadbent in a press statement.
Before the new “Beyond Legends” trailer was released, MLBB also revealed its new logo on Sept. 6, which signals a new era to bring a more immersive experience to its players.
“It uses the classic MOBA map as the fundamental element, which represents the gameplay and emphasizes competition and cooperation, the key spirit of MOBA. The core section of the logo is based on the letter ‘M’; combined with the river of the map, the letter resembles a symbol of heart pulse and further stands for vigor and passion.
“The letters are designed in a clean sans-serif typeface with elements of rigid right-angular serifs. In the center of the letter ‘O’ stands the turret-like crystal as a symbol of glory, through which the light and hope, the magnificence, and the multi-cultural background of the MLBB universe shine bright. For the texture, the new logo adopts a metallic gold and emits the feeling of advancement and glory,” said Moonton Marketing Manager Mandy Jin in a press statement.
So, are you ready for what comes next?