If you are a fan of League of Legends, then you will already be exciting by the forthcoming World Championships, not to mention probably having a sneaky peek at the latest LoL worlds betting to see which teams are amongst the favourites to claim the 2021 crown.
However, in addition to crowning the latest to join the list of LoL worlds champions, the final day of action at this year’s World Championship will also herald the start of a new era for League of Legends fans with the release of a new League of Legends animated series on Tencent video in China and NetFlix around the world on November 6th, immediately after the Finals.
This exciting premiere is yet another date to add to your LoL Worlds Schedule, with the tournament starting off on the 5th October in Reykjavik, Iceland with 22 teams competing for a prize pool of $2,225,000.
What Is The New League Of Legends Animated Series?
The series is called Arcane, and is set in the League of Legends universe. The story is set mainly in the cities of Piltover, the wealthy city and its seedy and dangerous opposite Zaun.
This excerpt from the official press release explains the general precept of the series.
“Known across Runeterra as the ‘city of progress’, many of the most brilliant minds call these cities home. But the creation of hextech, a way for any person to control magical energy, threatens that balance.”
“While Arcane holds the back stories of League of Legends champions, the series is designed to stand on its own as a complex world filled with moral decisions, breathtaking animation, and suspenseful storytelling.”
League of Legends fans will recognise many of the characters in the series from their gaming experiences with the likes of Jinx, Vi, Caitlyn and Jayce all confirmed to be in the series in which we will learn about their individual back story and the people, places and events that transformed them into the League of Legends champions from the game.
Part of the publicity for the new series has been the release of a trailer for the series. You can view the latest Arcane trailer on YouTube by following the previous link.
Three Act Structure
This first series of Arcane has been split into three distinct acts, which each contain three episodes.
The first Act will consist of three episodes that explore the backstory behind the sisters Vi and Jinx and there three episodes will launch just hours after the completion of the League of Legends Worlds Final on November 7th.
The second act follows a week later on the 13th November and the third act will follow on the 20th November. Details of what will be in these later acts are as yet undisclosed.
However, we do know that in addition to the League of Legends Champions previously mentioned, the show will also introduce viewers to new characters, two of which are Silco and Vander, citizens of the dark city of Zaun and who will play crucial roles in how the storyline develops across the three acts and nine episodes.
“Beginning Of The Next Chapter Of Riot”
Speaking about the forthcoming release of the Arcane series, Nicolo Laurent the CEO of Riot Games was excited about its appeal and the direction it takes his company, commenting:
“Players all over the world love League and its universe. Their passion is what inspires us to create expressions of Runeterra worthy of their fandom. The launch of Arcane is the beginning of the next chapter for Riot and we can’t wait for players to see what we have in store for them across games, entertainment and sports.”
Co-creator of the series, Christian Linke added:
“When we set out to produce Arcane, we knew that we had something really special with the story of Jinx and Vi. We wanted to explore the idea of what you would do for your family, what values you’d compromise and the conflict you’d endure.”
“The story combined with the hand-painted art style and nuanced character animation we created in partnership with Fortiche, will bring players a rich glimpse into the world of League of Legends.”
The series was previously set to launch in 2020, before being pushed back to late 2021.
Riot have announced the cast that will provide the voices for many of the characters in the English language version.
This includes Hailee Steinfeld as Vi, Katie Leung as Caitlyn, Kevin Alejandro as Jayce, Jason Spisak as Silco and Ella Purnell as Jinx.
It is going to be hugely interesting to see how the characters and cast bring Runterra to life and whether it has appeal to those that follow League of Legends esports closely.