League of Legends is the gaming world’s king when it comes to character reveal trailers. They’re action-packed, fast-paced works of animation art that introduce new characters to the story, open new seasons, and attract a wide audience to the game. Now, the game’s developer, Riot Games, released another trailer, which reveals the upcoming animated show Arcane, set in the League of Legends universe, headed to Netflix in fall 2021. Though seemingly short, the trailer reveals more than meets the eye…
The new League of Legends teaser trailer shows us a fight between Vi and Jinx, the game’s deadly rivals, whose rivalry can only be matched by that of Scorpion and Sub-Zero, from the Mortal Kombat franchise. Besides the two, the teaser also offers glimpses of two additional characters, one using skates to ride on the walls and another wielding lightning in his hands. The fast-paced combat scenes lead to the trailer’s ending with the view above Piltover, a technological city from which Vi and Jinx come from, and reveals much more than the fans would think.
From what we could tell from the trailer, Arcane will center around the origin of Vi and Jinx’s rivalry and how the two criminal masterminds from the city of Zaun became deadly enemies. It’s worth noting that both characters were confirmed as leading roles, with no voice cast assigned at the moment of writing. According to the League of Legend game’s narrative, both characters grew up on the rough and mean streets of Zaun, honing their survival skills and always being up to no good. However, their harsh world set them apart; Jinx embraced the chaos and escalated her crimes, while Vi became an Enforcer, serving as the Piltover’s finest. The two became arch-rivals, which is the story Arcane’s creators promise to explore and expand.
Arcane is produced by Riot Games, the developer, and publisher of the League of Legends game, in association with animation company Fortiche Productions. The two previously worked on 2018’s Get Jinxed trailer, which announced Jinx as a playable League of Legends champion, introducing one of Arcane’s protagonists. Netflix’s new trailer is quite similar to the Jinx intro trailer, indicating that Riot Games and Fortiche Production intend to follow the same creative direction on the upcoming animated series. The series will premier exclusively on Netflix in fall 2021, with no precise release date.
League of Legends remains one of the most successful online games ever since its release in 2009. It started as a bunch of champions just piled together in a MOBA game but evolved during subsequent expansions of its lore. Now, the game features over 150 playable champions and their respective lore stories, giving Riot and Fortiche plenty of material to work with. If Arcane proves successful, we could expect further expansion of the League of Legends universe across different media.
Arcane is set to premiere on Netflix this fall, with the game’s fandom impatiently waiting for every bit of news on the release date. In the meantime, you can entertain yourself with the game’s many spin-offs, including a card collectible game and a League of Legends-themed smartphone game.