The animated Netflix series League of Legends: Arcane blew all competition out of the water with its breathtaking visuals, rich characterisation, and masterful storytelling, so it’s no surprise that fans have been eagerly anticipating the sequel’s arrival, especially with the cliffhanger ending of the first season.
As it stands, however, the wait will have to extend beyond 2023. In an interview with League of Legends Pro League caster Guan Ze Yuan, Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent shared that the second season of Arcane won’t be ready this year.
“I just watched the third episode of Season 2 before my flight to China, so we’re making progress on it,” the studio head said. “It is not ready yet, and there’s two reasons for that. One, you want the quality, you just don’t wanna rush, and so that takes time. So that’s the good reason. The bad reason is honestly like, we didn’t know if Season 1 was gonna be a success…If I had known we could have started Season 2 way earlier, but we didn’t know so we kind of waited a bit and so now we’re paying the price, so it’s unfortunately not going to be this year.”
This puts 2024 as the earliest possible debut date for the follow-up season, with information about it still in scarce supply. Apart from the return of Hailee Steinfeld’s Vi, Ella Purnell’s Jinx, and Katie Leung’s Caitlyn Kiramman, little else is known, including story details and potential new cast additions to the existing roster. It’s unclear if the sequel will introduce other characters from the League of Legends game universe as well.
Like its predecessor, Season 2 of Arcane for Netflix is coming from Riot Games and Fortiche Productions, which are also partnering on “other to-be-announced projects.” The hype is more than well-warranted, and the show has the track record to prove it — its acclaimed first season made history by becoming the first streaming series to win an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.