League of Legends has been very popular in Southeast Asia, being one of the biggest and most played Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games in the region. And as League of Legends celebrates its 10th anniversary, Riot is getting a more global outlook. And with that, they are planning further expansion across the world, especially here in Southeast Asia.
“In 2011 we launched League of Legends in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau with Garena, and their work has been instrumental to the success of LoL. Garena will continue to be our partner for LoL PC, and we are truly grateful for their ongoing support,” said Justin Hulog, General Manager of Riot Games Southeast Asia. “As we look towards the future of Riot Games, we want to continue to deliver upon our mission of being the most player focused game company in the world. We believe that in order to do so, it’s important to directly deliver our new products to players where possible, and we are in a much stronger position to do so. We look forward to sharing in the many years yet to come with current and future players.”
Riot also revealed multiple new game titles and projectsin development as they held events around the world, including Bogota (Colombia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Istanbul (Turkey), Lima (Peru), London (United Kingdom), Los Angeles (United States), Madrid (Spain), Mexico City (Mexico), Moscow (Russia), Santiago (Chile), São Paulo (Brazil), Seoul (South Korea), Shanghai (China), Sydney (Australia), and Tokyo (Japan). Among their new announcements are:
New League of Legends Champion, Senna and more League updates:
LoL is introducing a new champion to the Rift, Senna. Originally one of the many souls trapped in Thresh’s lantern and a fan favorite since her introduction in Lucian’s story, Senna is the newest support to join LoL’s roster of more than 140 champions and will uniquely embody a marksman-like playstyle. She will hit the Public Beta Environment on October 30th and live servers on November 10th.
Starting October 22nd on the Public Beta Environment, players will bear witness to the biggest changes to Summoner’s Rift in years with Rise of the Elements, a series of preseason gameplay changes built on one of the game’s most dynamic features, the Elemental Drakes. Live server players will explore these preseason features on November 20th.
For the first time in four years, LoL will bring back Ultra Rapid Fire (URF) with full champion select, a popular, chaotically fun, limited-time game mode. Additionally, all Riot products will begin gradually supporting Arabic language. And Riot will release a series of nine albums featuring music from each season of LoL on preferred streaming music platforms on October 15th.
Finally, as a thank you to all players who’ve set foot on the Rift, for 10 days starting October 17th, all players with accounts made prior to October 16th at 9 AM (GMT +8) will receive an in-game gift every day they log in and play a game, in the lead up to the actual LoL anniversary date of October 27th.
Teamfight Tactics Mobile and Rise of the Elements
Riot’s popular autobattler, Teamfight Tactics, is coming to mobile in Q1 2020 with pre-registration on the Google Play Store starting on October 16th. TFT is an eight person free-for-all strategy game where players strategize with LoL champions and items to defeat the seven other players in each match.
To utilize the wide breadth of lore, champions, and thematics in the LoL universe, TFT on both PC and mobile will release new sets of champions and abilities every three to four months. The second set to launch in TFT for PC will be called Rise of the Elements and will feature content themed around the elementals, giving players opportunities to create new and interesting strategies with other, not-yet-seen, characters and items. Rise of the Elements will be released on November 5th in the LoL client.
Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra (LoR) is a free-to-play strategy card game set in the world of LoL. LoR features cards based on the iconic champions of LoL, as well as new characters and allies hailing from the regions of Runeterra, each with their own style and strategic advantage. LoR’s gameplay is built around dynamic, alternating combat that demands players use their skill, creativity, and cleverness to succeed. LoR offers players multiple options to acquire cards, including both robust free-to-play options and the ability to directly purchase any card with either earned or paid currency.
LoR will be fully launched in 2020 for PC and mobile and is now open for pre-registration.
League of Legends: Wild Rift
League of Legends: Wild Rift is a new 5v5 MOBA for mobile and console. It features much of the same gameplay as LoL on PC, adapted for new platforms. Wild Rift has a new twin-stick control scheme and a rebuilt Rift designed for 15-18 minute games. Wild Rift is not a port of LoL on PC — it is a new game built from scratch to ensure it is a polished, legitimate LoL experience that’s worth players’ time.
League of Legends: Wild Rift will launch on mobile in 2020, and pre-registration on the Google Play Store is now available.
Riot Games’ Arcane is a League of Legends animated series developed and produced by Riot Games releasing in 2020. Set in utopian Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun, the story follows the origins of two iconic League champions—and the power that will tear them apart.
Riot Games is developing a stylish, competitive, character-based tactical shooter for PC, temporarily codenamed Project A. The game is set on a beautiful near-future Earth and has a lethal cast of characters, each with unique abilities that create tactical opportunities for their gunplay to shine. More information to be revealed in 2020.
Project L is a temporary codename for a fighting game set in the LoL Universe. The game is in early stage development, and no additional details are available at this time.
Project F is a temporary codename for a very early development project that explores the possibilities of traversing the world of Runeterra with your friends.
League of Legends Origins
League of Legends Origins is a feature-length documentary by Academy Award-nominated documentarian Leslie Iwerks. In it, Iwerks explores the rise of LoL and the community that has made LoL one of the most-played PC games in history and fastest growing sports in the world. Told by the fans who love LoL and the visionaries who built it, Iwerks captures the highs and lows of making a global phenomenon from the early days of development through the 2017 World Championship in the Beijing National Stadium. League of Legends: Origins is available now on Netflix and many streaming video on demand platforms.
Karma (Riot Games Social Impact)
Riot is proud to announce the formation of The Riot Games Social Impact Fund, a non-profit engine to power continued global social impact. Riot’s Karma program has already donated more than $4 million to charities around the world, including many charitable causes selected by LoL players. Dawnbringer Karma will be the first LoL skin in which all proceeds will go to the Riot Games Social Impact Fund.
Now that’s a lot of new announcements. It looks like Riot is in for the long run here in our region too!
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