The wildly popular League of Legends franchise is coming to the iOS and Android platforms. Riot Games has revealed that League of Legends: Wild Rift will launch on both mobile platforms in 2020.
The developer says the game is a new version of the popular MOBA title, which launched on the PC platform 10 years ago. The game will be built from scratch to take advantage of mobile platform features.
Rumors of League of Legends coming to iOS and Android first appeared back in May, the official confirmation arrive on Tuesday, in the form of a series of Riot announcements posted to YouTube in celebration of the game’s 10th anniversary.
The new game will feature the same 5-on-5 gameplay made popular on the PC, but matches will be shorter. A twin-stick control scheme will allow for quicker responses and faster batters.
WELCOME TO WILD RIFT
Skillful outplays. Brilliant maneuvers. The occasional throw. League of Legends is coming to mobile and console!
THE RIFT, REBUILT
Team up to take down the enemy Nexus on a new 5v5 map designed for new platforms, with faster games and revamped controls.
Blast the bad guys with Lux’s laser or outplay the opposition with a pixel-perfect windwall. Champions play authentically to League, with slight changes for more thumb-friendly casting.
League of Legends: Wild Rift will launch with around 40 champions. More will follow over time.
ALWAYS FREE-TO-PLAY, NEVER PAY-TO-WIN
Free to download, and all champs can be earned for free. Pay to support the game and to look cool on the Rift.
RANKED AWAITS – TEST YOUR SKILLS
Master the new Rift in ranked and climb to the top of the ladder with your friends to earn unique loot.
EARLY BIRD BONUS
For players in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, sign up at launch to get bonus rewards in-game.
While League of Legends has remained one of the most popular PC games in the world, reports suggest revenue from the game dropped last year, down a reported 21% from 2017. The drop in revenue makes the move to mobile platforms a logical one, as titles like PUGB and Fortnite have shown moving to mobile can prove successful if handled correctly.
Riot says the mobile version of the game will be “everywhere in the world by the end of 2020,” followed by the game’s debut on gaming consoles. Alpha and beta version will be seeded in the next few months. Interested users can visit the League of Legends: Wild Rift for more information and to sign-up for beta updates.