Riot Games had a big day. During the League of Legends 10th anniversary livestream event, the studio made a number of big announcements, some of which were total surprises.
There was a lot to learn from the broadcast, and we’re rounding up all the news in one place to help you get a quick snapshot from all the big reveals.
League Of Legends New Character
Riot announced the newest champion, Senna, who is a support character that joins the 140+ champions already in the game. “Originally one of the many souls trapped in Thresh’s lantern and a fan favorite since her introduction in Lucian’s story, Senna is the newest support to join LoL’s roster of more than 140 champions and will uniquely embody a marksman-like playstyle,” Riot said.
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Senna will be available in LoL’s public beta server starting on October 29. She will then go live in the game officially on November 10.
Gameplay Changes, Updates, And Gifts
Riot is rolling out the “biggest changes” ever for the Summoner’s Rift map. This will take the form of the Rise of Elements, which are gameplay changes that make use of a new feature called Elemental Drakes. The changes will populate on the test servers on October 22 before going live for everyone on November 22.
Additionally, LoL is bringing back the Ultra Rapid Fire mode for another limited-time event. On top of that, Riot is adding Arabic language support while it is also working on nine different music albums based on each LoL season; they go live on October 15.
Another update is a gift for fans. Everyone who made an account before October 15 at 6 PM PT will get an in-game gift for each day they log in and play until October 27.
Teamfight Tactics Coming To Mobile
The auto-battler game, Teamfight Tactics, will launch on mobile devices in Q1 2020. Pre-registration is available now on Google Play. The eight-person strategy game, which is free, will feature new sets of characters and ability every 3 or 4 months to keep things fresh. Additionally, the PC version of Teamfight Tactics will add a new set called Rise of the Elements when it launches on November 5 in the LoL game client.
A New Card Game
The rumoured Legends of Runterra (LoR) is now officially confirmed. The free-to-play collectible card game appears similar to Blizzard’s Hearthstone. It features characters from the LoL universe, while the gameplay is focused on “dynamic, alternating combat that demands players use their skill, creativity, and cleverness to succeed.”
The game launches in 2020 for PC and mobile. For lots more, check out GameSpot’s recent preview from PAX Aus.
League Of Legends For Console And Mobile
League of Legends is coming to console and mobile in the form of a new game called Wild Rift. It is similar to LoL on PC, but adapted and built “from scratch” for the new platforms. “Wild Rift is not a port of LoL on PC — it is a new game built from scratch to ensure it is a polished, legitimate LoL experience that’s worth players’ time,” Riot says.
New Animated Series
A new League of Legends animated show called Arcane is on the way–and it looks great. Set for release in 2020, the show takes place in the uptopian world of Piltover, “the story follows the origins of two iconic League champions–and the power that will tear them apart.”
A League Of Legends Shooter
Project A is the working title for a new, character-based competitive shooter set in the League of Legends universe that looks similar to Blizzard’s Overwatch. “The game is set on a beautiful near-future Earth and has a lethal cast of characters, each with unique abilities that create tactical opportunities for their gunplay to shine,” Riot said.
More details on Project A will be announced in 2020.
A League of Legends Fighting Game
Another surprise reveal was Project L, which is the working title for a League of Legends fighting game. Riot has said only that the title is in the early stages of development. Riot will share more details in 2020.
Something Else Entirely
Riot had yet another title to announce during its livestream event. Project F is the codename for a title that is “very early” in development. Riot is saying basically nothing about the title at this stage, confirming only that it “explores the possibilities of traversing the world of Runeterra with your friends.”
League of Legends Origins
A movie-length documentary about League of Legends, called Origins, has arrived from Oscar nominated director Leslie Iwerks. She is the granddaughter of Disney animator Ub Iwerks, who co-created Mickey Mouse. The movie will covers LoL’s history, and you can stream it now on Netflix.
A Social Impact Fund
Riot announced The Riot Games Social Impact Fun, which is a non-profit organisation aimed at helping provide “global social impact.” The group has already donated $4 million. As part of the new campaign, a new LoL skin called Dawnbringer Karma will be released, with all of the money going to the Fund.
League of Legends Esports Manager
Finally, Riot announced a new team-management game called League of Legends Esports Manager–and that is exactly what it is. The title has players taking on the role of a fictional LoL manager who must create a team and take them to the big time.
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Author: Eddie Makuch