League of Legends is… well because we like to make obvious puns here… legendary. The game was released a decade ago, and in that time, very little about it has changed. No sequels, no big expansions. Just the game as it was, with minor tweaks and cosmetic changes. This is likely why LoL has been such a success in the esports arena – the consistency.
All of that is changing.
To be clear, it doesn’t look like Riot will be messing with their beloved League of Legends, but they sure as hell are going to cash in on it a bit more. In a spurt of creative energy, Riot announced six new games last night, with five of them directly connected to LoL…
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Coming to consoles and phones in 2020, League of Legends: Wild Rift is a simplified version of League of Legends for a larger casual audience to dig in on. Riot rebuilt LoL from the ground up to make sure that it played perfectly on your handheld devices as well as your consoles. Best of all, the game will be free to play, and according to Riot, you can unlock everything without paying a single cent. The rollout will begin on phones in China before spreading across the globe. The console release will follow shortly after that.
Here’s a sweet video of League of Legends: Wild Rift!
Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra is a competitive card game set in the world of LoL, taking the League mythology, players, and items and turning them into lots and lots of cards for players to collect, build on, and play against each other. That said, Legends of Runeterra won’t be coasting by on well known LoL stuff, the game will also introduce new characters, items, and stories.
Players will unlock cards by picking a region in Runeterra and playing games. Playing those games gives you points to unlock more sweet stuff from the region. Then you play more and… well, you get the idea – the more you play, the more you unlock, the more powerful your deck becomes. During the announcement, the developers made it very clear that they will not be selling randomized packs in the game, which is pretty cool beans in our opinion.
LoL Esports Manager
Getting a little meta with it, the second game is League of Legends Esports Manager. In the game, you take on the role of Team Manager and take on the tasks that come along with the job, including strategy selection, pre-match bans and picks, and winning the off-season by building the best team possible.
Collect the pros that make LCS a global phenomenon to unlock unique moments and build unstoppable rosters. According to Riot, LoL Esports Manager uses “gameplay that combines esports strategy with a brand new AI system, the title will create a tactical experience bespoke to LoL Esports. You’ll be able to play through the game in two ways: Experiencing an esports story through the eyes of a single protagonist, or competing against friends and other players through ranked play”.
Fighting games are a huge part of esports, and Riot wants in on the action. That’s where Project L comes in. The game, which will almost certainly be getting a different name sooner or later,
In this fighter, you’ll be able to use their favorite League of Legends characters to beat the snot out of another player’s favorite League of Legends character. So, you know, a basic fighter with a prebuilt audience of millions. Smart move there.
Not much else was revealed about Project L, but we can guess that this is the project Radiant Entertainment has been working on since Riot acquired them back in 2016.
Project F is the most mysterious of the announced LoL games. It appears to be a multiplayer dungeon crawler ala Diablo, which is a tride and true game genre that all the cool kids love.
Besides that… we don’t know a thing. Heck, to be honest, we don’t actually know it’s a multiplayer dungeon crawler. We’re just kinda guessing based on the very brief look Riot showed.
Not too much was said about Project A, but there is a sweet video!
Riot explained the game as “a precise tactical shooter with a lethal cast of characters, set on a near-future Earth. In Project A, abilities create unique opportunities for your gunplay to shine”.
Looks like Riot Games is spreading their wings and looking to fly to new heights. Will it work? Only time will tell.
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