Riot Games announced several new games in addition to changes to League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics. The new games include a new card game, a fighting game, a tactical shooter and an esports manager game.
Riot Games owns the popular MOBA League of Legends and has continued to dominate the esports landscape. With over 8 million concurrent players, League of Legends sits at the top of esports gameplay metrics.
With their latest announcements, Riot Games is diversifying its portfolio and aims to become a multi-game developer.
Here’s a quick run-down of everything Riot Games announced during their ten-year LoL anniversary event.
New Champion: Senna
A new cinematic trailer announced Senna, a support marksman to League of Legends. Senna is Lucian’s wife in the game and is the 146th champion in League of Legends.
Senna now uses a rail gun, which means Lucian can keep using her old gun. The latest League of Legends champion will go live on servers starting Oct 28.
LoL players will receive in-game rewards for each time that they log in from Oct 17 to Oct 28.
League of Legends Mobile Game: Wild Rift
League of Legends is coming to mobile.
After years of community-demand, Riot Games has finally announced a mobile version of League of Legends.
However, Riot Games will not directly port League of Legends to mobile. Instead, the developers have rebuilt a new game ground-up and named it ‘Wild Rift.’
Wild Rift will be available on Mobiles and consoles in 2020 with game lengths ranging anywhere between 15 to 18 minutes.
At the same time, Teamfight Tactics is also coming to mobile and will allow crossplay across platforms.
A New Card Game: Legends of Runeterra
Riot Games has unveiled a new card game called ‘Legends of Runeterra.’ The League of Legends lore takes place in Runeterra and the card game will also take place in the LoL universe.
Learning from the drawbacks of its competitors, Legends of Runeterra players will not have to pay for randomized packs to unlock cards in this game. Interested players can visit the official site to sign up for the closed beta.
New Animated Series: Arcane
Riot Games will produce and develop a new animated series “Arcane,” which will feature on an existing streaming service, although Riot Games did not name any service yet. Arcane will focus on the city of Piltover and its under-city Zaun.
Project A: Riot’s First Shooter Game
Project A is Riot’s codename for a new shooter game in the works. Riot describes this game as a stylish, competitive, character-based tactical shooter for PC.
The developers set the game in a beautiful near-future Earth and individual characters possess special abilities. Riot’s video focused on improving their anti-cheat and reducing latency on a global scale. Initial reactions to the game place it somewhere in between CS:GO and Overwatch.
Project A is Riot’s first attempt at creating a new IP outside of the League of Legends Universe. The game is still in the early stages of development and Riot will announce further details in 2020.
Project L: A New Fighting Game
Evo co-founder Tom Cannon first confirmed Riot’s fighting game in August 2019. During their ten-year anniversary celebrations, Riot Games revealed their new Fighting Game, ‘Project L,’ which is still under development.
“Everyone wants a great game, but what we’ve been seeing is that people are really excited to see Runterran champions in a new light, even from a new camera angle.”
Tom Cannon, Evo founder and Riot employee
The gameplay footage showed Ahri and Darius in combat. Project L will feature characters from the League of Legends universe.
League of Legends Esports Manager
A League of Legends esports manager game is also in the works which will allow players to manage a top-tier esports professional team. The game will go live for LPL 2020 and slowly expand to other regions.
Project F is a mystery Project that Riot Games is working on, and they have not released any details about this project yet. This isometric RPG project is based in the League of Legends universe.
As the news of these projects and developments spread through the esports grapevine, fans and players are left with excitement and questions. Excitement in experiencing these new “Projects” and questions on how they will change the esports landscape if at all.
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Written by Rohan Samal