Wild Rift was front and center during the League of Legends ten year anniversary celebration stream. The first major new game announced during the mega Riot Pls video, the game looks to bring the authentic League experience to portable devices and consoles.
There was a ton of gameplay shown off during the trailers and at Riot parties across the world, so we’ve gone and compiled everything we know about Riot’s exciting new mobile MOBA.
What platforms will Wild Rift be available on?
Wild Rift will be coming to mobile on both Apple’s iOS and Android. You can now pre-register for download for Android on the Google Play Store, with iOS coming soon.
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It will also be coming to consoles. What consoles remains to be seen, but with the upcoming next-generation PS5 and Xbox Project Scarlett coming in 2020, Riot might try to tie in Wild Rift’s console release with that. The Nintendo Switch could also be in the running for a console port.
Crossplay between League PC and Wild Rift will not be available, with Riot stating that "adding cross-platform... would require compromises of competitive integrity and we want to make sure the gameplay feels fair and fun no matter which platform you're most comfortable on."
Riot is, however, exploring the possibility of crossplay between Wild Rift on mobile and console.
What champions will be available in Wild Rift?
Not every champion will be available on Wild Rift. Given Riot rebuilt League of Legends from scratch for this, there were always some difficult champions who would have been left out of the mix. However, there are still dozens of characters that we've seen in the trailer alone.
- Dr. Mundo
- Master Yi
- Miss Fortune
- Twisted Fate
- Xin Zhao
What does Wild Rift look like in-game?
Wild Rift’s gameplay looks very similar to League of Legends, just skinned for a mobile experience similar to Arena of Valor. Champion and ability movement will be dictated by a floating joystick on one side of the screen, while abilities will be jammed onto the other half.
The map itself is practically Summoner’s Rift, with a few changes. Inhibitors have been removed, so breaking open Inhibitor turrets will spawn super minions for the rest of the game.
Nexus turrets are also gone, but the nexus will instead fire turret shots at players, reducing the chances of a back door. Some walls and brushes in the jungle have also been changed, but for the most part, it’s the same.
What major changes are there between Wild Rift and League of Legends?
For the most part, Riot is trying to keep the gameplay experience between platforms similar, but there are some slight unique twists shown in the gameplay trailers for Wild Rift.
Some champions will be undergoing some slight overhauls to their kit. For example, Ashe can now control her ultimate, Enchanted Crystal Arrow, just like how support mage Yuumi can control her Prowling Projectile on League's PC version.
The level cap is also set at 15 instead of 18. This is probably because Riot wanted a faster experience for Wild Rift, with games only expected to last up to 20 minutes.
Runes will be ported over to Wild Rift, but not as you know it. While some pre-existing runes like Conqueror, Manaflow Band, and Conditioning will be making it onto mobile, the system has been completely reworked from the ground up.
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Leaked screenshots indicate that there will be only one rune tree, so you will be free to choose any rune in the game. There are eight keystones, including Summon: Aery, Electrocute, Grasp of the Undying and Fleet Footwork, and three rows of six runes.
Wild Rift items will also be slightly different from the default Summoner’s Rift experience. For example, Boots of Speed are expected to cost 500 gold, not 300. Furthermore, not all items will be shared between the two games.
A screenshot of the item page in-game shows an item available to buy with the Teleport icon. This is alongside Zhonya’s Hourglass, which was shown off in the trailer, Gargoyle Stoneplate, Twin Shadows and more.
When is Wild Rift going to be released?
Wild Rift will go into a closed alpha and beta period in select regions nearing the end of 2019. What regions and which platforms this will entail is yet to be seen.
The game is expected to be shipped out to most regions and platforms by the end of 2020. There’s no details on what regions Riot will be supporting, so there’s no guarantee the region you log on to play League of Legends on PC will be the region you can play Wild Rift on.
We will keep this article updated with any new information as it comes to light.