League of Legends is typically associated with fast-paced, balls-to-the-walls team-based action over the span of 30 to 40 minutes of gameplay. Now imagine a League of Legends game, but as a single-player turn-based RPG. Yup, it’s happening.
Riot Games recently announced Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, a full-blown single-player party-based RPG set in the expansive world of the hugely-popular MOBA. The game is developed by Riot’s first-party development subsidiary Riot Forge, in collaboration with Airship Syndicate (Darksiders Genesis, Battle Chasers: Nightwar), and is coming to the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch in early 2021.
While there isn’t much gameplay and story details to go on about Ruined King, the teaser trailer above, first shown at the 2020 League of Legends World Championship Finals, depicts six characters from the original game’s massive roster: Miss Fortune, Braum, Ahri, Illaoi, Pyke, and Yasuo.
Judging by the nature of the game, we imagine players will get to control them as part of a party a la Baldur’s Gate 3 or Wasteland 3 with their own unique abilities and stats. More importantly, as an RPG, we’re also thinking it will be more story-focused, with branching narrative paths available to players.
Of course, it goes without saying that the villain in this game is the Ruined King, an ancient entity whose existence was only teased in the form of items in the games — until now. This will certainly be a different League of Legends experience, but one that will probably appeal to many who follow the game’s massive lore and world.
Riot Games will reveal more details about Ruined King: A League of Legends Story in December.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.