League of Legends is finally coming to mobile devices, with information surrounding Wild Rift having already been released. League of Legends: Wild Rift was one of a number of games announced by Riot Games on their 10-year anniversary, with iOS and Android users being among those who are set to be in a position to take advantage of it.
While the game will be a closed alpha, the much anticipated move into mobile gaming by Riot Games certainly comes as welcome news for many. Having only been available to PC gamers up until now, League of Legends will now be available on both mobile and other consoles. Set to launch at the end of the year, news from Riot this week has already demonstrated that players can look forward to appealing graphics and a modern processor.
While understandable differences between the mobile and console version of the game are expected, meaning that graphics may not be as clean as seen at present, the interface has already got many excited. A closed alpha event took place in June in both Brazil and the Philippines, involving champions such as Master Yi, Lux, Annie, Blitzcrank, Jynx, Jax and Zed.
Champions will receive skins, similarly to those earned by their PC counterparts, with some unique ones potentially even cropping up. Meanwhile, those linking their League of Legends account from PC to mobile or console will also receive special bonuses.
What Exactly is League of Legends: Wild Rift?
Wild Rift is an abridged version of the hugely popular PC game, League of Legends. The game has been created specifically with mobile and consoles in mind, meaning that it is likely to be faster and come with different controls. Developers Riot Games has hinted that the likes of PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One will be the consoles available, while it remains unclear as to whether PC gamers will be able to play Wild Rift.
The likes of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have put pressure on League of Legends, which has long topped to viewing charts on Twitch. The arrival of Wild Rift should help LoL maintain No.1 spot for the foreseeable future, attracting new players in the process too. Early signs show that the joystick-style movement will work well on different consoles, however question marks remain over the minimap, specifically regarding whether it will go in and out when in combat.
How League of Legends: Wild Rift Will Work on Mobile and Consoles
With League of Legends games tending to take less than 30 minutes to complete, enhanced gameplay should mean that this timeframe is made even shorter. Mobile MOBA’s suggest that mobile players will receive ultimate abilities at level 4, with the highest-level broadcast to date being level 12.
Skillshots are also likely to be different on mobile and consoles, however this will likely depend on the hero used. For example, Ashe’s Arrow can be controlled separately in order to target a specific area. This has been introduced mainly bridge the gap between using a mouse and skillshots.