League of Legends is finally getting a port. Riot Games announced that it is bringing the multiplayer online battle arena to iOS and Android in 2020. The publisher launched a trailer for League of Legends: Wild Rift, and it is promising to begin rolling out some beta tests before the end of the year.
The Wild Rift website has the first details about the new game. The game features a 5v5 player count and it also features “revamped” controls.
“Team up to take down the enemy Nexus on a new 5v5 map designed for new platforms, with faster games and revamped controls,” reads a line from its announcement.
There will be about 40 champions in Wild Rift at launch, with more to come over time.
Like the PC version of League of Legends, Wild Rift is free-to-play, and players can unlock all the champions without spending real money. Players can, however, spend real money on various cosmetics and other extras.
Riot explained that it rebuilt League of Legends from scratch, “like the whole thing,” to bring it to console and mobile.
“Refreshed models, animations, game systems and more – but keeping true to the core League of Legends gameplay you already know,” the developer said. “We didn’t want to just port League on PC 1:1–we want to make sure Wild Rift feels like it was designed for new platforms, and use that opportunity to make a bunch of improvements to the game. While you won’t get your unlocks from League PC, you’ll get some cool rewards for the time you’ve spent in the PC version. More to come on that in 2020!”
League of Legends: Wild Rift is not just the PC version running on smartphones. Riot is adapting the game for touch devices with some key changes. The map is slightly different to facilitate shorter matches. So instead of spending 45 minutes in a battle, Riot is going for something closer to 15-to-20 minutes.
The OEM is confident that its software and AI will be sufficient to meet the requirements of serious and even professional League players when the time comes to play it on mobile. As for Wild Rift in general, Riot Games asserts that it is more than a simple port from PC. The new variant is slated to have its own maps, controls (dual-stick, which would fit in nicely with the virtual nature of mobile gaming) for the classic 5v5 mode, and rewards.
On the other hand, the developers have conceded that not all champs, skins or locks from the classic game will make it to mobile (or console). The new version will also have shorter 15-20 minute matches, in accordance with fan feedback. League of Legends: Wild Rift is set to start becoming available from 2020; interested players can pre-register for Play Store, but not App Store, installs on the game’s website right now.
You can sign up for the open beta now on the Wild Rift website. The first tests will begin in China, but they will expand to other regions soon.
This alternative version of League of Legends is getting full support from Riot. It has a ranked mode, and the studio is promising that it is always free-to-play with no pay-to-win mechanics. And PC LOL players will get bonuses for picking up the game on another platform.