League of Legends

Everything we know about Riot’s upcoming League of Legends MMO: release date, regions

Published: 3/Jan/2021 6:41 Updated: 3/Jan/2021 6:49

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games has officially confirmed a League of Legends MMO is finally in the works, though they’ve been relatively quiet about the highly-anticipated game quietly since announcing it on Twitter late last year. Here’s everything we know about the title so far, including its expected release date, and more.

The League of Legends universe has been exploding over the past year, with Riot adding auto-battlers, card games, adventure title “The Ruined King,” and even an upcoming fighting game to their ever-expanding roster for the world of Runeterra.

Now, they’ve reached the natural endpoint; a massively-multiplayer online game, like World of Warcraft or Star Wars: The Old Republic, set in the LoL universe.

In late 2019, League founder Marc Merrill actually teased plans for an MMORPG. Twelve months later, Riot vice president, Greg Street, officially ⁠— and rather quietly, to be honest ⁠— confirmed Riot was indeed in the process of developing perhaps the most anticipated League of Legends title ever.

Here’s everything we know about Riot’s new League of Legends MMO.

Riot's newly-announced MMORPG title offers a world of possibility.
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Riot’s newly-announced MMORPG title offers a world of possibility.

League of Legends MMO release date

First of all, when is a possible League of Legends MMO release date? Well, unfortunately, Dexerto sees the title still being a fair way down the track; when Street told the world Riot was hard at work, he also called for several job applications.

That means the LoL devs are probably still early in the process, with anything major still in the ‘theory’ phase, and pushes back any hopeful 2021 release date.

There’s a few possibilities here, however. One is Riot was already hard at work on the base work for the MMO long before Street made his announcement. That could bring the timeline up a little, and potentially set up a late 2022 release date for the game. More likely, however, is that we’re looking at sometime in mid-2023 for the huge LoL title.

Once Riot gets a more solid idea of when they could release an alpha build for their title, we’ll likely hear news. We’ll update this article when something drops!

The League of Legends MMO is still waiting for an official release date.
Riot Games
The League of Legends MMO is still waiting for an official release date.

All expected Runeterra regions

Second only to when the game may arrive is where across Runeterra we’ll get to explore when the MMO drops. Luckily, Riot has been hard at work making League of Legends as rich as possible, with plenty of famous regions.

In fact, there are thirteen named areas Riot picks champs from for their flagship title. We’ll likely see these same regions selected for any new MMO title.

The main regions could be more ‘civilized’ areas like Demacia, Noxus, or Piltover, while fantastical regions like Bilgewater, Shurima, and the loveable Bandle City may also be important to the online game.

Here’s all thirteen of the regions in Runeterra:

  • Bandle City
  • Bilgewater
  • Demacia
  • Ionia
  • Ixtal
  • Noxus
  • Piltover
  • Shadow Isles
  • Shurima
  • Targon
  • The Freljord
  • The Void
  • Zaun

Riot Games may decide to only start with some of these ⁠— they selected just eight as “card regions” for Legends of Runeterra ⁠— but we’d expect them to eventually add all the iconic League of Legends areas to the planned online game.

The are plenty of fantasical places in the world of League of Legends an MMO could explore.
Riot Games
The are plenty of fantasical places in the world of League of Legends an MMO could explore.

League MMO’s game map

There’s been no official confirmation the League of Legends MMO will copy Runeterra exactly, but we’d be pretty surprised if it didn’t.

That means players will be able to navigate around the huge, fantastical land either through fast-travel, or simply adventuring across the lands and regions.

Here’s what the League of Legends MMO’s map may look like in-game:

The full map of Runeterra, the world of League of Legends.
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The full map of Runeterra, the world of League of Legends.

Possible League of Legends classes

If Riot Games sticks to the same design as other popular MMORPG titles, we can expect to see a healthy collection of “professions,” or classes, that define each player character.

These often boil down to standard fantasy tropes like Fighter, Healer, and Wizard. While LoL is a little different, each champion does fall into similar roles like these, with a little bit of variance between them. These may translate over to the new MMO once its released.

Here’s each of the classes and subclasses in LoL at the moment:

  • Controller
    • Enchanter
    • Catcher
  • Fighter
    • Juggernaut
    • Diver
  • Mage
    • Burst
    • Battlemage
    • Artillery
  • Marksman
  • Slayer
    • Assassin
    • Skirmisher
  • Tank
    • Vanguard
    • Warden

If Riot picks out the six main classes — Fighter, Mage, Marksman, Slayer, Tank, and Enchanter — then that seems like a pretty good set!

As with regions, however, there’s no telling what the League of Legends developers may eventually decide. Riot could choose to forego the LoL classes entirely, or pick just a few of the more popular ones to start with. We’ll have to wait and see.

League of Legends fans will likely have to pick a "class" in the new MMO title.
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League of Legends fans will likely have to pick a “class” in the new MMO title.

And there you have it — everything we know about the League of Legends MMO so far, including its expected release date (a long time in the future!), possible regions, expected LoL classes, what the Runeterra map may look like, and more!

Stick with Dexerto for all the MMO news. We’ll make sure to keep you updated.

Call of Duty

3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce

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With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

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Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

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You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

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Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.