Riot Games is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of League of Legends and those celebrations are happening in a pretty big way. The company have made a myriad of announcements today that not only include updates for their incredibly popular MOBA such as new champion Senna and the highly anticipated return of URF, but also the reveal of 4 new games. Yep… 4!
The reveals started with a new card game by the company that sticks to the lore, universe and characters already popularised by League of Legends. The game is called Legends of Runeterra and brings about some interesting mechanics to the popular collectable card game genre. Perhaps most notable is the fact that you won’t be purchasing card packs within Legends of Runeterra, with the company instead opting for a method of monotisation that’s less dependant on RNG (random number generation).
Whilst Legends of Runeterra does stick to many of the tropes seen in past collectable card games such as Magic the Gathering and Hearthstone, it is also bringing about some unique ideas too. For instance the game has a much stronger focus on action and reaction, with the player able to react to an opponents move on their opponents turn. It’s an idea that, if successful, will create a lot less downtime and keep players constantly on their toes and never stuck inactive for too long.
Legends of Runeterra will be coming to PC, iOS and Android with pre-registration already available. You can find out more about it and register over at this address. The game is going into closed beta shortly and an open beta is launching in 2020.
Whilst Legends of Runeterra was the most detailed reveal of the 4 new games Riot announced, it wasn’t the most shocking. Out of nowhere Riot also announced a hero based FPS that’s simply going by the name Project A for now. The game looks like a mix between the ability and hero focused Overwatch and the tactical and precision based Counter-Strike. A match made in heaven? Only time will tell.
You can check out an introductory video to Project A below. And if I’m being totally honest, I’m optimistically curious.
Also announced were two more games that will have to remain as code names for now – Project L and Project F. These are the two projects we know the least about, but the premise is still intriguing. Project L is apparently a fighting game using the League of Legends pre-established cast of characters whereas Project F is an isometric RPG. Unfortunately that’s about all we know of these two games for now. It’s an exciting tease for what’s to come in the future.
Not done yet, Riot also revealed that their Auto Chess game, Team Fight Tactics, would be coming to iOS and Android in early 2020 with cross-play with PC enabled on release. Their main game, League of Legends, is also getting re-purposed and released for console and mobile with a beta starting in 2020. The re-purposed League of Legends will go by the name League of Legends: Wild Rift and it will be built with dual stick controls in mind and shorter gameplay matches.
All in all it was a pretty exciting 10 year anniversary for League of Legends and Riot Game fans. What was you standout announcement?