The series is developed by Riot Games in partnership with Fortiche Productions and the story will be set in the utopian region of Piltover.
Earlier this year, video game enthusiasts got the Netflix adaptation for DOTA, and now another popular video game, League of Legends (LoL), is getting a Netflix adaptation too. Titled, Arcane, it will be an animated series set in the utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun and is coming to Netflix in Fall 2021. Its release was first announced in 2019 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
The series is developed by Riot Games in partnership with Fortiche Productions. The story will follow "the origins of two iconic League champions-and the power that will tear them apart."
To those unfamiliar with the video game, League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed by Riot Games and was first released in 2009. It is a team-based strategy game where two teams of five powerful champions face off to destroy the other’s base and in the process have to fight off monsters and clear obstacles. The champions power up by earning experience and as the game progresses can buy more powerful items. The game has more than 100 million active monthly players.
Arcane is based in the universe of LoL and is aimed at an audience of 14 and above. It will not be a light-hearted show, Greg Street, head of creative development at Riot told The Hollywood Reporter. It will be dealing with some serious themes and will be set in the utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun. Riot Games co-founder Brandon ‘Ryze’ Beck explained that the game was first started off with a bunch of characters thrown together really quickly. However, over time, players became really attached to the characters prompting them to build more of a universe around them. They are hoping to expand the universe of LoL into a multimedia experience much like the Marvel superhero universe, or the Star Wars, and Harry Potter universes. The series promises to be a "visually spectacular thrill ride that will have viewers on the edge of their seats."
Shauna Spenley, Global President of Entertainment at Riot Games said in the official press release: “Arcane was created as a love letter to our players and fans, who have been asking us for more cinematic experiences that dive deeper into the worlds and champions in League of Legends. Netflix, with its incredible global brand and a shared goal of delivering premium, high-quality content, is the perfect partner to help us bring Arcane to players around the globe.”
The original cast members from the video game will not be a part of the series, instead, it will feature some of the most iconic characters from the game. Their voice actors have also been revealed and include big names like Hailee Steinfeld and Katie Leung among others. The characters and their voice actors are: Ella Purnell as Jinx; Hailee Steinfeld as Vi; Harry Lloyd as Viktor; Jason Spisak as Silco; Toks Olagundoye as Mel; Kevin Alejandro as Jayce; Katie Leung as Caitlyn; J.B Blanc as Vander.
'Arcane' is finally coming to Netflix on November 6, 2021. Here's the official trailer for 'Arcane.'