To the utter surprise of no-one, getting approval from government departments can take a while. And when you're a business who traditionally develops video games, going to a government and asking to build an underwater statue understandably takes a little while longer.
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Riot's announced earlier this week that while approvals are not yet completely final, they've progressed to the point where they feel comfortable beginning construction of their Nautilus Reef statue. It's been a while, but then again just designing something that's nearly two metres tall while resting on an artificial reef isn't the easiest thing in the world either.
In a blog post, the company said hundreds of steel plates are being made and engraved with all the players who earned three points during Ocean Week last year. (The full list of all the Summoner names being engraved, if you want to check, is here.)
"These will be affixed onto the two bases of the artificial reef. Once these are finished, and assuming the approval process goes ahead, the parts will be trucked up to Queensland where they'll be assembled together ready for deployment," Riot added.
The developer also posted a series of concept art and modelling screenshots, as well as a few in-progress pictures. You can check all of them on the OCE League of Legends page, but here's a teaser.
Riot finished off by saying that once approvals were 100% complete, everything else would "happen quite quickly". "We'll make sure to provide updates and photos of all of these stages as we go," they pledged.