Riot Games has released a stream of animated content promoting their game series League of Legends for years. This has included the creation of virtual bands like heavy metal Pentakill, K-Pop group K/DA, and hip hop crew True Damage. Now their gaming universe will be transformed for the small screen in the animated Netflix original series Arcane.
The show was announced back in 2019 when the company was celebrating a decade in the business and the success Riot Games has seen since its creation.
When talking about the series to The Hollywood Reporter, Brandon Beck–the co-founder of Riot Games–said:
Arcane is one of these big, exciting endeavors for us. Originally, League started off with a bunch of characters and we threw them together really quickly. Over time, players became really attached to the characters and we wanted to build more of a universe around them.
This attachment has been fostered by the animated trailers the company has debuted throughout the years. The trailers have provided fans with a storytelling aspect to the game that’s not as present in the actual gameplay since it’s not a story-driven product despite the lore connected to its characters.
However, with the debut of Arcane on Netflix, League of Legends will be stepping into the arena of the long-form narrative building which could bring a new audience not only to the game but also to the universe it inhabits at large.
Arcane release date
Arcane was originally slated for a 2020 premiere but that was a pre-pandemic announcement. Deadline reports the series can now be expected to debut in the fall of 2021. An official release date has not been announced.
Split into a story spanning Piltover, a utopion region in the world of League of Legends, and the Zaun underground which is described as oppressed, Arcane will tell the story of two champions from the game who turn apart by power. The series will operate as an origin story for the two characters which look to be Jinx and Vi in the teaser.
Watch the teaser below:
We’ll keep you posted on more Arcane release date news as it comes in!