Riot Games has been holding a livestream and other festivities to celebrate the League of Legends 10-year anniversary, and they announced a lot of random oddities (a digital card game called Legends of Runeterra, a League of Legends fighting game, and an unrelated new first-person shooter, among other things). Among them, they announced free-to-play League of Legends: Wild Rift for mobile devices and unannounced consoles, with more console information to arrive in 2020.
League of Legends: Wild Rift is a complete from-scratch rebuild of the original game designed specifically for mobile and consoles in mind. Riot Games elaborates on it:
Refreshed models, animations, game systems and more—but keeping true to the core League of Legends gameplay you already know. We didn’t want to just port League on PC 1:1—we want to make sure Wild Rift feels like it was designed for new platforms, and use that opportunity to make a bunch of improvements to the game. While you won’t get your unlocks from League PC, you’ll get some cool rewards for the time you’ve spent in the PC version. More to come on that in 2020!
There will be no cross-play between classic LoL and Wild Rift because there will be some unspecified differences between the games. However, the “core 5v5 MOBA gameplay” will be preserved across versions. Additionally, all champions will be unlockable through regular play, and the game will launch with approximately 40 champions.
League of Legends: Wild Rift will release for Android, iOS, and unannounced consoles in 2020.
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