Not content with expanding the League franchise across console, mobiles and digital card games, Riot's franchise is venturing into territory fans have always asked for: it's getting an animated series.
Called Archon, the series is being developed by Riot in-house and will be released sometime next year. A small preview of the series was shown during the League of Legends 10th anniversary stream, and in a separate release the company offered a little more detail of the League lore that the series will dive into.
Arcane Riot Games' Arcane is a League of Legends animated series developed and produced by Riot Games releasing in 2020. Set in utopian 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.
In the League universe, champions of Zaun include Jinx, Viktor, Warwick, Janna, Dr. Mundo, Ekko, and more, and the region is described as a darker, lower class town compared to Piltover.
"Piltover is a thriving, progressive city whose power and influence is on the rise," the official League description for Piltover says. "It is Valoran’s cultural centre, where art, craftsmanship, trade and innovation walk hand in hand. Its power comes not through military might, but the engines of commerce and forward thinking."
Riot declined to confirm how the animated series would be distributed, whether it would be released directly through their own channels or through a larger streaming service like Netflix or Amazon. Riot has worked with Netflix in the past, with League featuring in one of the episodes of 7 Days Out.
Separate to this, Riot also announced the release of League of Legends: Origins through Netflix and "many streaming on demand platforms", a documentary from Leslie Iwerks about League's success and the makers of the game.