League of Legends 10th Anniversary Recap
To say that Riot Games went all-out with their League of Legends 10th Anniversary announcement would truly be an understatement. In fact, this one moment will surely be long-remembered; a moment in which a gaming company announced six upcoming titles all at once. Was it six, however? Seven? Eight? Most people probably lost count. It was game after game, genre after genre, surprise after surprise. If you could think of it, Riot probably had it in development.
This was a resounding statement and a display of absolute power. Through all these announcements, Riot sent a message: we’re not here to participate, but to take over, and we have all the right resources to make it happen.
And boy, were we entertained. If you’re a frequent player and a fan of the game and its fascinating universe, this was your birthday, Christmas and New Year’s Eve all rolled into one. There’s so much to go over it’s almost baffling. The sheer notion that a company can announce a metric ton of complex, fleshed-out content all in one day simply boggles the mind — and yet all of this is real and is coming to a wide variety of devices and services over the coming months and years.
Riot also covered almost every medium you could think of. Esports games, mobile games, new IPs, new music, new lore, an animated series, fan-favorite modes, a look at the newest champion — you name it. There’s something in here for everyone, and it’s hard not to get excited beyond measure.
Let’s take a closer look at everything Riot announced during their League of Legends 10th Anniversary broadcast:
League of Legends: Wild Rift
This is perhaps the most exciting announcement Riot made yesterday. The fact that we’ll soon be able to play League of Legends on our mobile phones isn’t such a big surprise. The fact that it’s almost a carbon copy of the game itself kinda is. 2020 will be an insanely exciting year if you’re a League of Legends fan. You’ll soon be able to play both 5v5 Summoner’s Rift on your daily commutes, or even square off in a couple of TFT clashes while waiting in line at the supermarket.
We’ve already seen multiple successful mobile MOBAs over the years, and League of Legends: Wild Rift has success written all over it. If Riot approaches it with the same amount of patience and care as they do with most other things, they’re bound to release one of the best and most successful mobile games in history.
Oh, and it’s coming to consoles as well. Talk about branching out!
LoL Animated Series: Arcane
Next up, Riot announced a brand-new animated series centering around Jinx, Vi and Warwick. There’s still a lot that we don’t know, but based on what we’ve seen it’s impossible not to get excited! Arcane looks like a visual spectacle in every regard.
A Brand-New Champion: Senna
Riot also showcased the upcoming champion Senna — Lucian’s wife. We’re getting a new marksman/support hybrid and Riot is deepening one of the more fascinating stories from their lore.
Leaks following the League of Legends 10th Anniversary event have unveiled what appears to be Senna’s splash art
What’s not to like? And if Senna turns out to be an impactful champion, we could potentially see a change in the bottom lane status quo. A damaging support with shielding abilities could usher in a different kind of meta. Fortunately, we’ll get more information sooner rather than later.
A MOBA-esque FPS Shooter (codenamed Project A)
This one kind of came out of nowhere, to say the least. Explaining what Project A actually is isn’t as easy as it might seem. Riot perhaps explained it best — “a precise tactical shooter, set on a near-future Earth.” Not exactly in-depth information, but at least it’s something. We only saw early alpha footage, and it definitely looked… Fascinating?
Watching masked characters run around with rifles feels strange when you consciously know it’s made by the same folks who made League of Legends. It’s a strange mix, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad one. Each character will have a unique set of abilities so it’s more of an FPS MOBA, but seeing how it’s in early development, there’s still a lot being kept under wraps.
It looks like a mix of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch. How such an amalgamation will ultimately look like is anyone’s guess, but color us intrigued.
You can learn more about Project A by clicking here.
Teamfight Tactics for mobile
This one didn’t come as a huge surprise, but the fact that it’s actually happening is still exciting. Almost everyone loves Teamfight Tactics. That’s pretty much a fact at this point. It offers a relaxing break from your run-of-the-mill, mechanically-intensive League of Legends, but still contains most of the champions we know and love.
And now you’ll be able to experience the whole thing while on the go! We’re talking about a 1:1 copy, and it’ll have cross-platform play baked right in!
Changes Coming to League of Legends
Riot also gave us a first look at the upcoming preseason changes, and it’s safe to say that a good portion of them will heavily impact the way the game is played. We recommend you take a closer look at our breakdown! We’ll have a lot more information to go over once patch 9.23 rolls out, so stay tuned!
The new Infernal Drake will create new pathways in the jungle by burning brushes and walls.
LoL Esports Manager
This is definitely a familiar concept, but it’s still refreshing to see it implemented within the competitive League of Legends realm. You’re playing the role of, well, a LoL Esports Manager and you’re tasked with creating the best team possible and guiding them through the many trials and tribulations that the average competitive season presents. You’ll play the role of a strategist, you’ll do picks and bans, come up with unique strategies and decide which players to sign during the off-season.
You’ll also be able to experience such an “esports story” as an individual, or compete against friends and other unknown players around the world through ranked play. LoL Esports Manager will initially only cover the LPL, before ultimately expanding over to other regions as well. Finally, a portion of the money you spend in-game will be distributed to the actual teams and players, so it’s a win-win situation.
Finally, don’t mistake this for FantasyLCS. That’s an entirely different thing that should — after a one-year hiatus — be live once the 2020 season kicks off.
Unamed Fighting Game (codenamed Project L)
Yet another incredibly exciting project in early development was unveiled at the League of Legends 10th Anniversary event. The title itself says all you need to know: a fighting game set in Runeterra. Even if you aren’t a fan of the genre, it’s going to be incredibly exciting to see all of these familiar faces square off in a new kind of setting; one that is defined by a completely different set of rules.
No release date was announced during the League of Legends 10th anniversary broadcast.
Legends of Runeterra Mobile Card Game
Hearthstone meets League of Legends. If you’re a fan of card games and happen to be looking for yet another way to get immersed in the ever-growing League of Legends lore, then you’re in luck! Legends of Runeterra isn’t a clone either, as it brings many new and exciting twists to the genre, so make sure to read the fine print.
You can take a closer look at the game in its full glory by clicking here. Finally, if this is something you’re interested in, make sure to hop over to the Google Play Store and pre-register in order to get notified when the game goes live in your region!
Classic URF With Full Champion Select
For the first time in over four years, Riot is bringing back the beloved URF mode. You can partake in the absolute chaos from October 28th up until November 8th, so mark your calendars because you do not want to miss out on any of the action!
League of Legends MMO/MMORPG (codenamed Project F)
As if all of the above wasn’t enough, Riot also quickly teased a fascinating new game that has many people speculating. There’s not a lot to go by, but it looks like the much-rumored League-based MMO that was in development for the last couple of years. We’ll have to wait for 2020 to get more information.
That’s it for our League of Legends 10th anniversary recap! Riot Games announced many different and highly unique projects that will develop over the coming months and years. Quite frankly, it’s hard not to get excited about the things to come. If they pull off even a fraction of what they promised, they’re bound to remain a premier game developer; one that not only listens to their fans but also innovates behind the scenes.