Netflix announced that they are partnering with Riot Games to release an animated adaption of their hit RPG League of Legends in the form of ‘Arcane.’ Co-produced with Fortiche Productions, this will be Riot Games first foray into television.
According to a press release from Netflix, the animated series is set “in the utopian region of 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.”
Zaun, also known as the City of Iron and Glass, is a toxic area in the game that was negatively affected by industrialization.
“League of Legends has inspired global fervor and fandom and we’re thrilled to be the home of the first television series set in this universe, ‘Arcane,'” said Dominique Bazay, Director, Original Animation for Netflix. “The series promises to be a visually spectacular thrill ride that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.”
Riot Games Global President of Entertainment Shauna Spenley added, “Arcane was created as a love letter to our players and fans, who have been asking us for more cinematic experiences that dive deeper into the worlds and champions in League of Legends. Netflix, with its incredible global brand and shared goal of delivering premium, high quality content, is the perfect partner to help us bring Arcane to players around the globe.”
‘Arcane’ is set to premiere on Netflix worldwide in Fall 2021.
League of Legends was released in 2009 by Riot Games to gamer and audience-acclaim. Since its inception, it has had several spin-offs and sequels including Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and the story-driven version Ruined King: A League of Legends Story from Riot Forge and Airship Syndicate.
The gaming franchise has also made headway into esports with its League of Legends World Championship. The 2020 competition saw record-setting viewership, boasting over 23 million viewers for its final match.
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