Riot Games Is Working On A 'League Of Legends Cinematic Universe'
Riot Games' League of Legends has possibly the deepest and most interesting lore to any game ever made, and the developers are more than familiar with bringing the champions out of the game to get behind the camera.
Often showcasing new champions' backstories through trailers and blog posts, Riot are specialists at advancing League of Legends beyond Summoners Rift. The dazzling performances at their World Championships are just a glimpse of their CGI capabilities, ranging from realistic Dragons circling the arena to the jaw-dropping K/DA being greeted by a 20-foot sentinel whilst popping and locking across the stage.
With the worldwide success of K/DA, it appears that the developers are keen to build on the riches by taking League of Legends to cinema and television, by creating a "cinematic universe".
According to multiple job listings for Riot Games, the League of Legends world looks set to expand to Hollywood. The developers are looking for a Global Head of Live-Action Film and a Global Head of Live-Action TV, who will pioneer bringing LoL to new forms of media.
The advertised roles explain "As the gaming landscape continues to collide with entertainment, we’re building a new team to bring Riot’s IPs to players around the world in new ways, and invite new audiences into the fold. This team will aim to show players and the world that entertainment now starts with games."
Both of these new roots will differ from the anime series "Arcane" which is set to arrive later this year. The series is reportedly going to dive into the lore behind popular champions like Caitlyn, Jinx, Vi and Warwick.
Riot is also busy advancing their newest FPS shooter in VALORANT, with the developers working towards the title's first-ever international LAN esports event and the first across any esport since the global pandemic restrictions came into force.
It's a busy time for the devs, but all signs are positive, and we could be looking at a LoL Netflix series in the near future.
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