Riot’s New Games – Four New Games by Riot, and TFT comes to Mobile!
Riot made a number of bombshell announcements a few days ago during the celebration of League’s 10th Anniversary. Among these is a planned mobile version of Teamfight Tactics, or TFT, Riot’s auto-battler. But more importantly, Riot also announced Riot’s new games, all four of them. Read on to learn more about them.
Teamfight Tactics headed to mobile
Teamfight Tactics was first released in June 2019, Riot’s own take at the auto-battler genre. The game has similar mechanics as other auto-battler games, such as Auto Chess and Dota Underlords. However, League’s popularity helped boost TFT ahead of the competition. Shortly after release, TFT became the most viewed game on Twitch. With over 33 million monthly players, TFT’s massive success led Riot to consider creating a competitive scene around the game.
Now, along with LOL Mobile, Teamfight Tactics will head on to Android and iOS devices as well. You could pre-register now at the Google Play Store, but it will take a while before gamers can play TFT Mobile on Apple.
Legends of Runeterra
From all of Riot’s New Games, Legends of Runeterra is going to be the one to release the earliest. This new game, which is still set in the League of Legends universe, is a collectible card game in the same vein as Hearthstone and Magic the Gathering Arena. It will initially have 318 cards, divided into six regions (the game’s version of “color” or “class”. The regions reflect actual in-lore locations in League of Legends: Demacia, Frejlord, Ionia, Noxus, Piltover & Zaun, and the Shadow Isles. Of League’s 145 champions, 24 will appear in Legends of Runeterra’s first set.
They are: Lucian, Fiora, Lux, Garen, Braum, Ashe, Anivia, Tryndamere, Zed, Shen, Yasuo, Karma, Draven, Katarina, Vladimir, Darius, Teemo, Ezreal, Jinx, Heimerdinger, Elise, Kalista, Thresh, and Hecarim.
According to Riot, what sets Legends of Runeterra apart from other digital card games is that it will do away with booster packs. This move, which sure is a big deviation from tradition, will hopefully eliminate the need to grind excessively to get the cards you need. Instead, Legends of Runeterra will allow you to spend money (both digital and real cash) to buy wildcards. Just like in any other collectible card game, cards in Legends of Runeterra have different rarities. Wildcards’ costs will depend on the card’s rarity.
Legends of Runeterra will be out for Windows, Apple, and Android devices, but you can get your hands on the game by pre-registering here.
Unlike Legends of Runeterra, three of Riot’s new games still don’t have working titles and are instead referred to as Project A, Project L, and Project F.
Project A is going to be a tactical shooter. Its gameplay, according to Riot, will be right in the middle of Blizzard’s Overwatch and Valve’s CS:GO. That being said, the game will be squad-based, with each player taking control of a character with a specialized set of abilities. Initial footage showed a character using traditional firearms, but also magical abilities. For its graphics, it’s chunky, just like Team Fortress 2. The game will not be set in the universe of League of Legends.
Project A will become a direct competitor to games like Paladins and Overwatch. It’s unknown yet if the game will have a Battle Royale game mode, which is very popular nowadays that even Call of Duty Mobile has it. A Battle Royale won’t be so bad for a game like this though, especially since Riot doesn’t have a BR game yet.
Meanwhile, Project L brings us all back to Runeterra. Early game footage treated us with beautifully rendered models of Ahri and Darius, fighting against each other on a 2D platform. Project L looks fluid so far, and the controls seem responsive enough.
Unfortunately, Riot didn’t spend much time talking about Project L during their 10th Anniversary stream. We would have to wait a little longer to get more information regarding Project L. We can’t wait, though, as it definitely looks marvelous.
A possible MMO from Riot comes in the form of Project F. This upcoming game will “explore the possibilities of traversing the world of Runeterra with your friends.” Only brief footage was shown by Riot during the celebration, and most of the game’s details are still kept under wraps. In the short trailer, we saw Blitzrank, Ezreal, and Lux in action. We’re excited to see more of this game in the future.