The will to sacrifice the self for the good of the many is seldom seen. For some, it is a way of life. It’s the path chosen and no price is too steep in the best interests of a society with a bright future. It isn’t the responsibility of a chosen few: all are part of the machine that will enlighten and improve life. Each one has a role to play that can’t be underestimated. If a part fails then it needs to be discarded and replaced. Some have chosen as their job to repair such inconsistencies and a few have become very good at it. Only one is considered the most effective tool for such a job. Please, meet Camille, the Steel Shadow.
|Concept:||Camille turned into an automaton.|
|Model:||New model for Camille. New reflections for her coattails and new glow for her chest and thighs.|
|Particles:||New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.|
|Animations:||New recall animation.|
|Sounds:||New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall plus processed voice-over.|
|Splash Art:||A dark sky filled with machines, one of which is scanning the buildings. Is it possibly looking for a specific target? With cold, effective architecture progress advances undeterred by the few natural phenomenon that still remain; like the rain that blurs the city. On top of a clock’s face we find a potential interest for the droid’s scan. The old fashioned clock is a good contrast with its florid design against the ruthless efficiency of engineering.
Camille displays a pose that reflects her inhuman agility but also challenges the viewer to get a good view of her advanced physiognomy. The abrupt perspective also plays with the size of her limbs perhaps emphasising too much the already clear insectoid feel. With clean lines and sharp colours the artificial body is fascinating despite some parts being more diffuse than others. The metal welcomes the rain with glee and the light enjoys playing with the elaborate surfaces of Camille’s body. The virtual hookshots reflect the advanced weaponry at her disposal. Such hi-tech is given further relevance by the glowing chest and subtle headlights. None of the elements vie for attention but are able to attract and share it with the rest of the portrayal.
All things considered, this is an evocative splash art with an interesting setting. The city is too relegated for its relevance but there’s enough to provide a rich context to Camille’s appearance. Thanks to a portrayal that is able to display the abilities she has chosen for herself the piece ends up being full of meaning. Even if it needs some extra polish to be one of League of Legends’ best splash arts it isn’t far. Besides, it serves as a reminder of the fact that what lies ahead may be closer that we think to where we stand now.
|Conclusion:||At a glance, Program Camille displays an impressive model. While it’s true that Camille is classically an interesting and unique champion Program has the wisdom of stressing her synthetic enhancements turning her almost into a machine. The artificial legs are no longer her most prominent feature, her entire body is modified and even her face, otherwise clearly visible, is hidden behind an expressionless visor of many functions. The fantastic ribbon cables on her back are the obvious way to interface with other compatible machines. The chest glows with the power source presumably responsible for keeping her functions and her legs also adopt holographic displays. This astounding model is a great base to start the skin which, sadly, isn’t followed in the best of ways by the rest of the additions.
The main problem with the changes to the abilities is that particles are too brief and sounds familiar. The former employ triangular bases and circuit designs to communicate the theme. While the polygonal shields of Adaptive Defenses stand out those used for auto-attacks, Tactical Sweep’s impact and Hookshot’s cables are too brief and simple. The circuit trails used for Precision Protocol and Tactical Sweep are much more attractive but they are so briefly visible that their complexity is difficult to appreciate. The mark on the ground used by Hookshot is simple and also similar to classic. Fortunately, The Hextech Ultimatum takes all that is good about the classic version and enhances it with circuit-like beams and a triangular mesh which nicely takes advantage of the skin’s futuristic concept. While more could be achieved, its sober design is effective and appealing without being overloaded with bells and whistles.
The sounds have a virtual energy feel that is always suitable but seldom stands out. The vibrating sound of Adaptive Defenses manages to be different like the booming flow of energy of The Hextech Ultimatum. The other abilities have sounds that feel more virtual in comparison to the classic ones yet also strike as familiar. The style is consistent though and so the aural landscape provides a good support to the visuals. It’s just that, like the visual side, they only stand out in very specific instances.
The new recall is a mix of old and new. It returns the focus to Camille’s artificial legs while also cementing her synthetic nature. Disassembly for effective teleportation seems the perfect choice for the final stroke to the Program personality.
When all is added together, Program Camille is an uneven skin that is never bad but often feels like it could’ve been much better. The model is fantastic with an attention to detail that brings out the best of the synthetic identity. However, perhaps because of the respect to the classic self, particles and sounds struggle to stand out and tend to adapt more than transform the abilities to the new identity. In spite of these flaws, Program Camille is a skin that knows greatness even if it can’t reach excellence. There’s no doubt that it has a formidable base to work with yet it doesn’t always take advantage of it. If you can accept certain imperfections then Program Camille can be quite an interesting version of the Steel Shadow.
For a release skin Program Camille manages to impress with a complex and attractive model that easily conveys her synthetic identity. The abilities often play it too safe in their adaptation instead of reinterpreting the actions in an advanced, artificial way. Regardless, there’s much to like even if there are a few problems. The result is nothing short of appealing so fans of cyborgs and enhanced warriors will find in Program Camille a great option.