Those with access to the closed beta will be able to preview Kai’Sa, Evelynn, Akali, Darius, Draven, and Seraphine for free. Wild Rift participants are encouraged to spam these new champions since it’ll help Riot test them out before releasing them to the mobile game. While the game is in a beta state, champions are still clunky and might not feel as fluid as in League. As a result, Riot will test out certain champions before fully releasing them in the game.
While players can test out the six future champs, a new challenger permanently joins the Wild Rift cast in the same patch. Everyone’s favorite blind monk, Lee Sin, is here and ready to Insec.
To make the monk more viable for mobile use, his kit was tweaked to be a bit more user friendly. Players will be able to dash using Safeguard without the use of a ward, for example.
Wild Rift will hit Europe in December and should come to the Americas in the spring of 2021. This will certainly be disappointing for League fans in North and South America who wanted to play the MOBA on Android and iOS. Last year, Riot announced that it planned on getting the game to most regions around the world by 2021. With today’s announcement, it seems like that goal should be achieved.
Wild Rift is a toned-down version of League for PC on Android and iOS devices. The size of Summoner’s Rift has been decreased to offer shorter game times. Many of the champions have been reworked to be optimized for the joystick controls on mobile. Riot has also said that Wild Rift will be coming to consoles in the future. More details about this will be revealed in late 2020, the developers previously said.
It was also announced today that a popular jungler from the PC version of League is coming to Wild Rift. Lee Sin will be available in the game through a new patch coming later this month. The champion has been optimized for mobile-friendly controls.
Riot Games started 2020 with a bang by announcing multiple new projects, including a mobile port of League of Legends. Calling it a port would be an understatement, however, since Riot went ahead and redesigned Wild Rift from scratch so it’d perform smoothly on mobile platforms.