Arcane, Riot Games’ first TV series based on League of Legends, has been given a release date along with a brand new trailer.
The show will premiere on Saturday November 7th at 2am BST on Tencent video in China and Netflix globally – just hours after the 2021 League of Legends Worlds final.
The show is structured into three distinct acts, with three episodes per act. The first three episodes focus on the beginnings of the two sisters – Vi and Jinx – and will launch on November 7th. The second act will launch a week later on November 13th, and the third act will release on November 20th.
Based on the world behind League of Legends, Arcane dives into the ‘delicate balance between the rich city of Piltover and the seedy underbelly of Zaun’.
Here’s a blurb from a press release: “Known across Runeterra as the ‘city of progress’, many of the most brilliant minds call these cities home. But the creation of hextech, a way for any person to control magical energy, threatens that balance. While Arcane holds the backstories of League of Legends champions, the series is designed to stand on its own as a complex world filled with moral decisions, breathtaking animation, and suspenseful storytelling.”
Players will see some familiar faces in Arcane, like Jinx, Vi, Jayce and Caitlyn, and learn about the events and back stories that made them into the League of Legends champions we know today.
Players will also be introduced to some new faces too, like Vander and Silco, who are both citizens of Zaun and play critical roles in shaping the evolving world.
Nicolo Laurent, CEO of Riot Games: “Players all over the world love League and its universe. Their passion is what inspires us to create expressions of Runeterra worthy of their fandom. The launch of Arcane is the beginning of the next chapter for Riot and we can’t wait for players to see what we have in store for them across games, entertainment, and sports.
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“In recognition of this moment, we’re putting players at the center of an amazing launch experience. Worlds and Arcane will combine to form a unified, global celebration, blending competition, entertainment, and community in a whole new way. Think about it like a super weekend for players.”
Christian Linke, co-creator of Arcane, added: “When we set out to produce Arcane, we knew that we had something really special with the story of Jinx and Vi. We wanted to explore the idea of what you would do for your family, what values you’d compromise, and the conflict you’d endure.
“The story, combined with the hand-painted art style and nuanced character animation we created in partnership with Fortiche, will bring players a rich glimpse into the world of League of Legends.”
Alex Yee, co-creator of Arcane, commented: “Arcane is a story of duality. How characters become divided across two halves of a city with values and opportunities that are opposite but complementary. Each with their own merits and flaws. You may be the hero in your story, but the villain in someone else’s.”
Earlier this week, Riot announced the global voice actors for Arcane. Below is a selection of the global English language cast:
- Vi – Hailee Steinfeld
- Caitlyn – Katie Leung
- Jayce – Kevin Alejandro
- Silco – Jason Spisak
- Jinx – Ella Purnell
- Mel – Toks Olagundoye
- Vander – JB Blanc
- Viktor – Harry Lloyd
Arcane was first announced in late 2019 as part of League of Legends’ 10th anniversary celebrations, and was previously scheduled to launch in 2020.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.