Riot Games has once again released some information on an upcoming champion in League of Legends. Normally, information such as this means that the champion is the next one scheduled for launch, but Riot has made it explicitly clear that Ao Shin will not be the next champion released, but rather an upcoming champion in the future.
Ao Shin, the first true dragon champion being introduced into the League, is the guardian of the natural world. Riot took some heavy inspirations from mythology of dragon kings, hence the reason for the name Ao Shin.
"Let's start with the inspiration for his name: Ao is the family name of the mythological dragon kings, who rule water and weather. This tells us right away that this is a powerful, elegant being, above the concerns and rules of men. Shin can mean many things, one of which is prosperity. It also means a rising storm. Ao Shin embodies this elemental duality, capable of raining good fortune on his allies and, in the very next breath, bringing stormy, thunderous ruin upon his foes."
The League of Legends community has been pushing for a true dragon champion for a while (yes, Shyvana is technically a dragon, but only a half-dragon) and judging from Riot's early concept art, Ao Shin will suffice extremely well. He can also be seen at the end of the Spirit Guard Udyr comic as well.
"With each new champ, we try and push the limits of what's technically and creatively possible. Ao Shin is no different. One of the challenges we're looking forward to tackling is how to capture his unique anatomy and movement in a way that brings a new dimension to the champion pool. It's too early to go into much detail, but we're really excited about the ways this champion will move across the battlefield."
As mentioned before, Ao Shin will not be the next released champion, rather a champion in very early development and will be released somewhere off in the future.