As any MOBA player well knows, the genre traditionally pits two teams of five against each other. Any variations of this typically feature less, not more players.

Riot are preparing to mix up the formula a little though, with their upcoming ‘Hexakill’ mode for League of Legends. The new mode will feature six players on each team.

Hexakill will be a Featured Gameplay Mode, set for release on 20th February. It will be identical to a traditional Summoner’s Rift match in every way, except the addition of another player.

This opens up a large amount of tactical possibilities for players. Having one more player means it is possible to have an extra person dedicated to pushing, or in a roaming aggressive role.

The Featured Gameplay Modes are temporary modes in which Riot experiment with changing certain variables to create a slightly different experience for players. These have included variants like 1v1 dueling ‘Showdowns’ in the past.

If you’re one of the two people that haven’t played League of Legends yet, you can try it for free here.