Los Angeles-based videogame hitmaker and esports organizer Riot has big plans to expand the universe of its popular League of Legends PC title, which launched 10 years ago. In addition to the brand’s first new playables in a decade — including a fighting game, mobile installment, digital card game and an esports management sim — the company has announced an animated series spin-off.
Building on the studio’s well-received animated LoL shorts and music videos, Riot is producing the animated series Arcane in-house, eyeing a launch next year. Set in the game world, in “utopian Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun, the story follows the origins of two iconic League champions — and the power that will tear them apart.”
Also on the docket:
- Wild Rift: New LoL version, built from scratch, coming to both mobile devices and TBA consoles.
- LoL additions: A new character named Senna is launching Nov. 10, and the Summoner’s Rift map is set to get major updates with new dynamic features.
- “Project L”: A 2D fighting game featuring LoL characters, currently in early development.
- Legends of Runeterra: A free-to-play, digital collectible card game in the vein of Hearthstone for PC and mobile launching next year. Players will be able to directly purchase any card with either earned or paid currency, Riot announced.
- Teamfight Tactics for mobile: The auto-battler mode launched a few months ago has become very popular with LoL players, and will now spin off into a standalone title for mobile. Early next year, both the PC and mobile versions of the mode will have a new structure which cycles champions and abilities every few months.
- League of Legends Esports Manager: An Inception-esque concept which takes the team management sim model and applies it to professional gaming. In the game, players manage a pro LoL team, and revenue from the title will be shared with real-world pro teams featured in it.
- “Project F”: The announcement slate’s big mystery! Riot describes “a very early development project that explores the possibilities of traversing the world of Runeterra with your friends.” VR? AR? Officially licensed LARP? Who can say!
Aside from the LoL 10th anniversary updates, Riot also announced an all-new title currently dubbed “Project A” and described as a character-based tactical shooter set in a beautiful, near-future Earth.
[Source: The Verge]