57 texture rebalances are going to hit PBE, but won’t be included in Patch 4.19 (November 5).
Here’s some clarification on texture rebalance VS texture updates.
A TU would be repainting your car. You might even add a spoiler during the process. Man, what a cool car!
A Rebalance would be more like… repairing any sun damage, or filling in any chips in the paint.
Does that make sense?
Rebalancing would be repairing any sun damage, or filling in any chips in the paint. Maybe even just washing some dirt off the car. (LeBlanc)
A Texture and/or Model Update would be repainting your car. You might even add a spoiler during the process. Man, what a cool car! (Anivia, Renekton)
A Visual Update would be like if you decided to completely redo the chassis of your car. It’s still the same car in there, but holy crap! That thing looks amazing! It looks like a completely different car… but the engine and all the interior parts are still the same. Kinda like this! (Karthus, Twitch)
A Gameplay Update would be fixing up all the problems under the hood. Problems that you don’t really see just by looking at it. Perhaps it’s running slow, or the gas mileage is acting funky. Perhaps the engine isn’t working at all, or perhaps it’s just the Check Engine light that’s on. At the end of the day, you have a better car, but it probably looks the same. Since you’re already working on the car though, you might consider making it look better. (Soraka as a basic example (though she’s getting VFX), Sona as a more mixed example)
Mixing a large scale Gameplay Update and a large scale Visual Update would be as you’d think. You’re fixing that engine, and you’re spit-shining the car. Damn, this car is gonna be sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. (Heimerdinger, though it was over a few patches)
There could be larger projects too (hi Sion!), but those generally get pretty specific to the case at hand.
On the work-in progress of texture rebalances:
“Trying things a little differently this time. I’ve uploaded an imgur album of the images, and you can find them here! Expect to see them in the next PBE push, but this should help to hear your feedback in the meanwhile! Please remember that everything is in progress, and that cruddy images I took should never be a condemning and final look.”
On Sad Robot Amumu
“Sad Robot Amumu is in a good state, so we probably won’t be touching it.” -Ququroon
“These aren’t TUs, just rebalances. We’re not really updating models during this. We can aim to be closer to the splash on Imperial Lux.
Speaking as a ChampUp bro though, I really want us to get around to Lux. I personally disagree with Stylus- I think Lux needs a full VU.” -Ququroon