I had this nagging dissatisfaction with the new League of Legends lore they are rolling out for a while now. It felt that the writers don’t really know how to write character driven stories when that was meant to be the focus of the champion flavor stories, or struggle with creating sensible worldbuilding when they could only use the old lore as a vague jumping off point.
To find out that one of the senior writers is a fantasy/sci-fi author who got known for his warhammer 40k stories just puts the whole thing into perspective, I feel. After all if they chose this man as a senior writer, the rest of the writing team probably comes from similar background too.
A lot of the writers definitely know how to put one word after another and not sound terrible, but knowing how to write one thing (say, a long tale of military skirmishes and war) doesn’t make you adept at writing everything (character driven short stories). Someone who can write an epic adventure using an already established world might not be able to creating a compelling, coherent world of their own from scratch.
Quite a few years passed since the time when I devoured fantasy and scifi literature en masse, but based on what I remember, it makes so much sense why the new lore left me dissatisfied overall. The characters I am supposed to be invested in can’t really stand on their own - but their stories would work as out of context takeouts from a bigger, unknown epic.
It’s disheartening because it means that the quality of the lore is unlikely to improve, but it’s good to finally pin down what was bothering me so much about it.