League of Legends Expands With Animated Series, Fighting Game & More!

 

The already massively popular universe of League of Legends is about to get a whole lot bigger with the new addition of something that fans may not have seen coming. The wildly popular PC strategy game has been a hit since it debuted back in 2009, but until now it’s also been the only game in the series. Today at its 10th anniversary celebration, developer Riot Games revealed a surprisingly large slate of new games and other experiences all set in the League of Legends universe.

Here’s the rundown:

A fighting game: Riot previously revealed that it was working on a fighting game, and today the company officially unveiled “Project L,” a 2D fighter featuring League characters. Unfortunately, that’s all we know right now. The game is still “in early stage development,” according to Riot, and there’s no word on when we’ll hear more.

An animated series: For years Riot has been releasing gorgeous animated shorts and music videos, and now the company is expanding on that with a full animated series set in League. It’s called Arcane, is being produced in-house, and will be available next year. Here’s a brief plot synopsis: “Set in utopian Pilt over and the oppressed underground of Zaun, the story follows the origins of two iconic League champions — and the power that will tear them apart.”
A digital card game: Another fantasy series, another card game spinoff. Following directly in the footsteps of games like Hearthstone and The Elder Scrolls: Legends is Legends of Runeterra, a free-to-play CCG coming to both PC and mobile next year. While the premise may not seem all that unique, the monetisation model does sound interesting. Riot says that players will be able to “directly purchase any card with either earned or paid currency.” So long, blind packs.

A mobile version of Team fight Tactics: Team fight Tactics launched a few months back, and the auto-battler has since become one of the most popular game modes within League of Legends. Now it’s getting a standalone version on mobile devices. It’ll be launching early next year. Riot also says that, on both PC and mobile, Team fight will have a new structure that cycles through “new sets of champions and abilities every three to four months.”

An e-sports management game: League of Legends is currently in the midst of its annual World Championship, but if that’s not enough e-sports to keep you satisfied, this game should help. It’s called, appropriately, League of Legends Esports Manager, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a game where you manage a pro League team. The game will launch with support for the Chinese LPL next year, and eventually it’ll support other regional leagues as well. Interestingly, revenue from the game will be shared with the real-world pro teams featured within it.

A mystery: Riot also teased yet another game codenamed “Project F,” which is described as “a very early development project that explores the possibilities of traversing the world of Runeterra with your friends.”

Like many of the announcements made during Riot’s livestream so far, details are scarce as the project is still in its infancy. What we do know is that the story focuses characters from the cities of Piltover and its underbelly of Zaun.

Sadly, Riot wasn’t able to share any more than that. Beyond the hint of where the series is set, we don’t yet know who the main characters or villains will be. We can narrow it down, though, considering only a dozen or so champions come from Piltover and its underbelly of Zaun. Several characters made appearances in the trailer, including Jinx, Ekko, and Ezreal.

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