LOL fans must be wondering what Riot will do on this big anniversary of the 10 year game. Well, I don't think it takes a genius to guess that this date will be a very big event at the company.
Riot Games took the opportunity to announce a lot of new games and ongoing projects. For starters, the developer revealed that he was entering the world of strategy games with Legends of Runeterra. Will be free-to-play and feature cards based on notable LOL characters, as well as new characters from the incumbent region.
However, Runeterra will have free and paid ways to draw cards – however, there is no "surprise mechanic" in this, as players will be able to draw any card they wish with the currency they have bought or won in the game.
It will be released in 2020 for PC and mobile and is now open for pre-registration. (You can also play this week in London on EGX, the gaming program run by Eurogamer parent company Gamer Network.)
Next up is Arcane, a League of Legends-based animated series developed and produced by Riot games and released in 2020.
It follows the story of two LOL champions on Piltover in Zaun's downtrodden underworld – although we don't know exactly who the main characters will be, the trailer seems to have Jinx and Vi appearances, so it's possible they are quite central to the plot.
Team Fight Tactics, Riot's response to the massive popularity of autochess, is hitting mobile early next year. Google Play Store pre-registration will be released on October 16th.
The developer also unveiled his plan to release new sets of champions and skills every three to four months for both PC and mobile versions – the next set will be released on PC on November 5th. Named Ascension of the Elements, this update will feature content based on the elementals.
League of Legends: Wild Rift is a redesigned 5v5 MOBA that comes to Android, iOS and console. It has much of the same game as LOL on PC, but has been completely rebuilt from scratch to provide a more polished experience for players on other platforms.
Wild Rift will launch on mobile devices in 2020, and pre-registration is now open on the Google Play Store for this one as well. You can see the trailer on here.
Returning to the League of Legends himself, the 146th champion won a teaser. Senna is a support character who will have a “sniper” style of play and will hit the public beta on October 29, before going to the live servers on November 10.
LOL will also bring back Ultra Rapid Fire (URF), a time-limited game mode that players want to return to.
In addition, Riot products will begin supporting Arabic language and are releasing nine LOL song albums each season for music streaming platforms today.
And finally, Riot has announced that it will make its own competitive shooter. Codenamed Project A, it will be a character-based tactical game on a future Earth, and each character will have unique abilities to aid them in combat. That's all we know so far, but more details will be revealed next year.
Anyway, although not an immediate thing, these ads are still part of the whole. So fans are really enjoying the surprises, and the future increments in one of the most popular games of all time.