League of Legends Wild Rift Release Date Announced
We finally know the release date of League of Legends Wild Rift. We knew it was right around the corner, but now we’ve gotten official confirmation. Still, Riot’s announcement probably won’t excite everyone in equal measure.
Riot will “open the game up to all players” in less than two weeks in all current beta regions. In other words, a regional open beta will begin on Oct. 27 in South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. You’ll also be able to connect your existing League of Legends account and unlock special in-game goodies that scale with the amount of time you’ve put into League over the years. It’s definitely a nice perk for being a long-time player.
Once December comes around, however, Europe, Taiwan, Oceania, and Vietnam will become a part of the open beta. However, North and South America will have to wait until Spring 2021 before they can join in on the fun.
We were also given an early look at Lee Sin, the latest champion to join the ever-growing roster. Riot aims to retain his “extraordinary outplay potential” while also making his control scheme a bit more palatable, seeing how his flashy mechanics will need to be confined to a small five-to-six-inch screen. Evelynn, Kai’Sa, Akali, Seraphine, Darius, Draven, on the other hand, will be free to try until Oct. 27 by all players who are currently a part of the closed beta.
There’s still a lot that Riot has planned, and they’ll announce additional updates over the coming weeks. That aside, American players looking for the Wild Rift release date will be disappointed beyond measure. Spring 2021 sure isn’t hype-inducing; seeing how we’re just entering winter, there’s a cause for disappointment.
At the very least, we’ll get a ton of high-quality gameplay footage once the game goes into open beta. It’s not much of a consolation prize, but it’ll do for the time being.