League of Legends just celebrated its 10 year anniversary, and Riot Games took the chance to announce a bunch of new games and projects.
Detailing its future plans for the duration of its current 10th anniversary livestream, Riot signaled its intent to turn League of Legends (the studio’s only release to date) into a horizontal franchise by making use of the house as the foundation for a smorgasbord of new games, as properly as other pieces of media primarily based on the franchise.
Very first of all, Teamfight Techniques will be coming to mobile devices, and League of Legends itself will not only join it, but also arrive on consoles as a new MOBA known as Wild Rift. The rumoured Legends of Runeterra is now also officially confirmed. The absolutely free-to-play collectible card game seems comparable to Blizzard’s Hearthstone, but with no the big components of randomness. It options characters from the LoL universe, though the gameplay is focused on “dynamic, alternating combat that demands players use their ability, creativity, and cleverness to succeed.”
A new League of Legends animated show known as Arcane is on the way, and I do not know about you, but I’ve been waiting for one thing like this. Set for release in 2020, the show requires location in the utopian planet of Piltover, and “the story follows the origins of two iconic League champions–and the energy that will tear them apart.” If you want one thing to watch appropriate now, on the other hand, a film-length documentary known as League of Legends Origins, has arrived from Oscar nominated director Leslie Iwerks. She is the granddaughter of Disney animator Ub Iwerks, who co-produced Mickey Mouse. The film will cover LoL‘s history, and you can stream it now on Netflix.
A League of Legends shooter tentatively titled Project A is a new, character-primarily based competitive shooter set in the LoL universe that appears comparable to Blizzard’s Overwatch. “The game is set on a wonderful close to-future Earth and has a lethal cast of characters, each and every with exclusive skills that produce tactical possibilities for their gunplay to shine,” Riot mentioned. They went on to announce League of Legends Esports Manager, a group-management simulator that permits you to get in on the esports scene oneself. There’s also one thing known as Project F, which had a tiny bit of action-RPG-hunting footage, but no strong information.
Amongst other announcements have been a new LoL update, the new character Senna, and The Riot Games Social Effect Fund (which has currently donated more than $four million) – but of every thing announced tonight, there’s one particular point that I’d like to single out. A handful of years ago, Riot purchased Radiant Entertainment, a fighting game-focused studio helmed by the makers of GGPO netcode, the influential EVO tournament, and the promising-but-cancelled easy fighting game Increasing Thunder. At EVO 2019 a couple months back, Radiant head Tom Cannon openly declared that yes, they have been functioning on a fighting game for Riot, but gave no additional information. It sounded like it would take a though for us to hear something a lot more.
But all that has changed. Enter Project L, a fighting game set in the League of Legends universe. Riot is totally committing to one thing subsequent-to-no publishers have completed by throwing their hat into the niche fighting game space. We even got a scant handful of seconds of early gameplay footage, and hey, it appears like it plays as properly as Increasing Thunder did. This game undoubtedly exists to try the herculean activity of bridging the gap in between fighting games and the other, substantially a lot more well-liked competitive gaming genres. From singleplayer content material, to on-line overall performance, to tutorials, to fundamental brand recognition and mainstream appeal, fighting games have struggled to develop themselves apart from short spurts triggered by sector giants Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros. There’s a lot of anxiousness and distrust towards Riot surrounding discussions of Project L, but a lot of old FGC-heads are nevertheless hopeful that this is the game that can cast off the chains holding the genre down.
Riot’s been quite darn busy increasing the League of Legends house, and judging by how extended ago they bought Radiant, it appears they’ve been creating up to this 10th anniversary push for a though. Although I have no interest in playing League, I’m up for any format that they use to convey stories from the game’s detailed universe, and that fighting game fills me with so substantially hope… ahem. CGMagazine will report on these projects when a lot more details becomes readily available, which could be any time from a handful of months from now to LoL’s 11th anniversary. Either way, it is an fascinating time in the game sector as one particular of its giants has lastly roused and begun to move.