|Celebrating the 10th anniversary of League of Legends, Riot Games announced that it will release spin-off games and an animated series based on the highly successful video game / Photo by: Chris Yunker via Flickr|
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of League of Legends, Riot Games announced that it will release spin-off games and an animated series based on the highly successful video game. Many of the games will be released next year, along with the series, and will be set in the League of Legends universe—except for one.
Fans and industry observers have expected the new games from Riot as the company's 10-year flagship title continues to peak with about eight million concurrent players every day.
"We have the benefit of being able to be long-term," Riot Games co-founder Marc Merrill told the Washington Post. "We don’t have to push out a product to meet some quarterly deadline or revenue target or whatnot."
Legends of Runeterra
This is how Riot is looking to enter the collectible card game space. Legends of Runeterra, set to be released next year, uses the League's popular characters and lore and has similarities with Blizzard's "Hearthstone" and Valve's "Artifact" where players use mana to summon allies and cast spells. The goal of the game is to reduce the opponent's health points down to zero, according to technology news site Digital Trends. It added that the available mana per turn, albeit limited, increases over time.
Digital trends also explained how Legends of Runeterra differs from either Hearthstone and Artifact: "The biggest difference in the gameplay of Legends of Runeterra is that in each round, players take on the role of either attacker or defender. Each time a player makes an action, the other player is given a chance to respond. In comparison, Hearthstone players are mostly unopposed in whatever they do during their turn, barring the few Secrets that are available for certain classes."
It added that attackers can choose the allies they want to send into battle while defenders choose the allies to fight each enemy. "The outcome of each fight is determined by the bevy of keywords in the game as well as the abilities that each card carries," the technology news site said.
|Legends of Runeterra, set to be released next year, uses the League's popular characters and lore and has similarities with Blizzard's "Hearthstone" and Valve's "Artifact" where players use mana to summon allies and cast spells / Photo by: steamXO via Flickr|
Riot also announced the release of a mobile version of its auto chess battler next year (with a beta period in December 2019).
Teamfight Tactics, an existing League of Legends mode, is slated to be released as a stand-alone mobile app and will be available in both Android and iOS. It will also support cross-play for the game's desktop version, according to Riot.
Players won't have to worry about their progress being lost, said video game website Polygon, as progress from Teamfight Tactics' mobile app will transfer from the desktop. It added that players can also use their usual LoL accounts to play the game while on the go.
"Riot Games announced the mobile version alongside Teamfight Tactics’ Set 2, Rise of the Elements," the video game website reported. "The original set of champions will be swapped out for 50 new champions to keep the game fresh."
One of the most anticipated releases from Riot is not a game but an animated series titled “Arcane.” It will be set in the League of Legends world and will be completely produced by Riot Games. While there's no specific month of release yet, the animated series will premiere in 2020 based on its debut trailer. “Arcane” will mark the video game creator's entry into Hollywood.
The animated series will focus on the "origins of two iconic League champions—and the power that will tear them apart," which PC Gamer believed is a "good adventure to start with." PC Gamer is a UK-based magazine that provides exclusive reviews, demos, updates, and news on all PC gaming franchises.
It added that the story will likely center on the story of Jinx and Vi, whom Riot confirmed to be sisters before becoming rivals.
"Looking at the trailer, it seems quite obvious that the story will focus on the origins of Jinx and Vi and how the two went from siblings to enemies," PC Gamer said. "The two children featured in the trailer have blue and pink hair that matches Jinx and Vi's own hair color perfectly."
Another evidence that supports their suspicion is the characters' connection to setting—Piltover, the center of Valoran, and Zaun, the darker side of the industrial revolution below Piltover—as well as with each other.
Riot still has many treats for its followers including an e-sports management game where players will handle a pro League team.
It is set to launch next year with support for the Chinese LPL before eventually supporting other regional leagues, tech news website The Verge reported. It added that real-world pro gamers featured in the game will get a share in the game's revenue.
Other releases include:
• Project F – an open-world game that Riot described as "a very early development project that explores the possibilities of traversing the world of Runeterra with your friends."
• Project L – a 2D fighting game that features League characters. This is the game the company said it was working on but aside from the name and the characters, Riot has yet to disclose any additional information since Project L is still "in early-stage development."
• Project A – a tactical shooter game completely independent of the League. This is Riot's first non-League project that Merrill said will seek to build deeper characters and worlds.
|One of the most anticipated releases from Riot is not a game but an animated series titled “Arcane.” It will be set in the League of Legends world and will be completely produced by Riot Games / Photo by: Artistic Differences via Flickr|