To celebrate the tenth anniversary of League of Legends, Riot Games has officially announced a brand new game set in the expansive LoL universe called Legends of Runeterra. Legends of Runeterra is a digital collectible card game that intends to innovate a beloved genre, inspire player creativity and remedy frustrations felt by the existing CCG community.
Scheduled for its full launch in late 2020, Legends of Runeterra will feature cross-platform matchmaking and direct challenge modes on both desktop and mobile. Players will be able to build decks using over 300 cards available on launch, with new expansions introducing additional cards every four months after that. From these 300 cards, players can select two of the 24 current champions to use in their deck at any given time, utilizing the strengths of each champion to complement those of the others to neutralize weaknesses and create a well rounded and strategic plan of attack during gameplay.
Players are encouraged to get creative when it comes to deck building, a concept that Riot believes has been sorely missed within the digital CCG genre for quite some time. Arguably one of the most exciting features powering this will be Legends of Runeterra’s exploration and rewards system. Legends of Runeterra will not have randomized card packs available for purchase using real currency. Instead, players will have to complete quests and exploration achievements of the various in-game regions to earn XP that can be exchanged for specific rewards. Also, players can look forward to “Vault Day” each week, when they will be rewarded for their weekly efforts with a free reward bundle. The value of the items inside this reward cache will be randomized but their value will depend on how much the player has progressed during that week. In this way, LoR offers players a multitude of ways to acquire new cards for their deck, via free-to-play options and the ability to directly purchase any card with either earned or paid in-game currency.
From October 15th -20th fans will have the opportunity to preview the game via their Riot account by signing up for early access here. Following this, Riot will offer a similar, second preview between November 14-19 and an official open BETA Q1 of 2020.