From the creators of “Annoying birds that squeal” and “More Ahri/Lux/Akali skins” comes the next big thing that’ll make your wallet cry: “Eternals”, which are… paid achievements?
This morning, Riot Games announced via a Nexus post, along with an FAQ, that Patch 9.17 will introduce a new feature to the game, Eternals. Riot describes them as a “champion-based achievement feature that lets you showcase personal accomplishments for your favorite champs”. These statistics will show up on the back of player cards in the loading screen and in the death screen in-game.
There are 6 different types of Eternals: The Warden, The Protector, The Empress, The Guide, The Warrior and The Trickster. Each of these determine what kind of activity you’ll have to do in-game or which playstyle you’ll have to adopt in order to level them up. Once you level up an Eternal 5 times, you’ll Rekindle it, which in turn will make it easier to level up and also unlock the Personal Best feature. Rekindling all of the Eternals in a set will grant you an upgraded Mastery Emote.
In addition to that, Design Lead @Xenogenic explained on Twitter that there are two levels of Eternals: Unique and Common. Commons track kills, damage, healing, etc. while Uniques will be exclusive to a champion’s abilities. Each set will come with 1 Unique and 2 Common Eternals.
This all sounds swell, however, there’s a twist. Eternals will cost real money. Product Manager @KenAdamsNSA confirmed in a Twitter thread that a set of 3 Eternals for a single champion will cost 850 RP (somewhere around $7 USD). This has lead to a lot of uproar on social media as most players don’t agree with charging such a steep price for a stats tracking system.
Eternals drop for testing on the PBE tomorrow, August 14th, and will be available on live servers for Patch 9.17.