For those of you who are fans of the game League of Legends, you’ll be excited to learn that Riot Games is developing an animated series based on the property that will be called Arcane. The news comes during the game’s ten year anniversary.
Arcane will be the first TV series based on the League of Legends universe. It’s being developed internally by Riot and the animation work will be done by the Paris-based Fortiche Productions, which has worked with the company on reveal trailers for its champions in the past.
When talking about the series, co-creator Brandon Beck said:
“Arcane is one of these big, exciting endeavors for us. Originally, League started off with a bunch of characters and we threw them together really quickly. Over time, players became really attached to the characters and we wanted to build more of a universe around them.
“We have been, over the last few years, experimenting with what can longer-form epic storytelling look like. Animation felt like a natural way for us to deliver a fantastical world.”
It’s explained that the series will be aimed at a “14+” audience and will deal with some more adult subject matter. Greg Street, head of creative development at Riot said:
“It’s not a light-hearted show. There are some serious themes that we explore there, so we wouldn’t want kids tuning in and expecting something that it’s not.”
The goal of Arcane is to expand the LoL brand into a multimedia experience. Riot’s global head of IP businesses and partnerships Jarred Kennedy said:
“Our hope is that people will watch the show, enjoy it and want to explore the world of League of Legends more. Over time, there will be lots of ways for them to do that.”
“We started this world with a game, the game exceeded our expectations and our players said they wanted to see more of this world. We really look to IPs like the Marvel Universe, but also things like Star Wars and Harry Potter. Obviously, we have years to go before we attain that level of success, but that’s what we aspire to be one day.”
Riot hasn’t started shopping the series around to networks or streaming services for distribution yet, but they plan to start conversations in the “coming weeks.” I’m sure that with how big League of Legends has grown over the years with its massive fan base, they won’t have a problem finding someone to team up with.
The show is slated to debut sometime in 2020. Are you excited to hear that a League of Legends animated series is being developed?