League of Legends: Wild Rift pre-register is open for several days now, as the game seems to have sparked quite an interest throughout the community and wider even. Riot Games, owned by Tencent, recently revealed their plan to introduce many new games in the coming year as well as to transition on other platforms. Thus, they are bringing LoL to mobile phones and consoles by 2020, according to their announcement. Also, other games of other genres will be included, but only some details about this particular upcoming project have been made known to the public.
Riot Games’ League of Legends: Wild Rift for Android and iOS (and consoles) is promised to arrive within a year from now. The company actually revealed that this project was in the works for some time now in secret, because this was not just an adaptation of the game to other platforms. They are completely rebuilding the game. “From scratch” were the words used as this upcoming LoL version will be much more advanced in terms of looks and will have many improvements in the mechanics, but will it keep the core gameplay?
Well, Riot did say it is an “upcoming multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) for mobiles”, meaning it is the same game. It will only be naturally adapted for faster gameplay, which is mandatory for mobile gaming. Like Tencent’s Arena of Valor, which helped set the standards for mobile MOBAs, the gameplay needs to be snappy, fast, smooth, easily accessible via mobile controls, but also more advanced because the genre needs to be pushed forward if it’s to make use of the mobile market. Similarly, bringing LoL on consoles will require a complete revamp of the controls and mechanics, but also visuals and other system-related tweaks.
LoL mobile will have the dual-stick, thumb control scheme, familiar for other games of the genre on mobile platforms. Also, Wild Rift will bring 40 familiar characters from the existing champion roster at start, with more to come later. Other details are still kept tightly hidden but it seems that the game is not that far away.
So, what we can expect is an upgraded version of LoL for mobile phones and consoles within the next 12 months or so. According to online sources, it is expected that beta and alpha public tests already begin within the next few months, which sounds promising. League of Legends: Wild Rift mobile will be free to play and it will launch worldwide, right from the start. Players from Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and citizens of Macau and Hong Kong are already offered bonus rewards if they sign up at launch.