Initially announced at Riot Games' 10th Anniversary celebrations for League of Legends, Arcane's first look was recently revealed during Netflix Geeked Week.
Following that, the Executive Producer of Arcane, Christian Linke, and Co-Creator, Alex Yee presented the first Dev Diary for the upcoming Netflix anime series.
Arcane Dev Diary
Talking about the story that the developers are trying to portray in Arcane, Christian spoke at length about various aspects of the League of Legends universe.
Talking about the setting of Arcane, Christian said,
"Arcane is set in Piltover and Zaun and will explore the lives of the many champions who live there, including Jinx and Vi,"
Additionally, Christian also confirmed that Jinx and Vi are indeed sisters like many in the community had guessed.
Explaining further why the story of Arcane will revolve around Jinx and Vi, Christian added,
"Jinx and Vi are two characters that Alex and I actually worked on during their creation some 10 years ago, and even back then we could tell that they’re really special. They’ve always been fan-favorites, and when we were approaching this idea and had to think about which characters we’d really want to sink our teeth into, it was pretty obvious to us. These two sisters, have this very troubled relationship, and couldn’t be more different from each other."
The developers also went on to confirm that the entire series will witness a variety of weapons from the League of Legends universe. These weapons include:
- Rocket Launchers;
- Grenades that have teeth; and
- Boxing gloves that are the size of small cars.
Arcane's Animation Team
The Dev Diary for Arcane also confirmed the animation team that Riot Games is working closely with to execute the Netflix Anime adaption is Fortiche. The studio based in Paris has previously worked on official League of Legends Videos such as "Get Jinxed," "Rise," and "Pop/Stars."
The Dev Diary also confirmed that Arcane will depict a similar style of animation as can be seen in the aforementioned videos created by Fortiche.
What to expect from Arcane
Talking about the goal that the entire team has for the Netflix anime adaptation, Christian said,
"We’ll dive deeply into the stories and relationships, and struggles of all these characters and find out what their lives look like, what made them who they are today -- and for those people who aren’t really familiar with our game we want to show them why we’ve stuck with them for over a decade now and why we love them so much."
Christian also mentioned that with the world of Runeterra having various factions and champions, Arcane is only a small slice and simply the beginning "of all the storytelling opportunities" that Riot Games is working on.
Arcane Release Date
Riot Games has recently confirmed that Arcane will be available to stream on Netflix from 3 AM Central European Time on Sunday, 7th November. Additionally, the official release for Arcane has also revealed that the Series will be set into three distinct acts, the first of which will release on 7th November. The release dates for the second and third acts are:
- Second Act - 13th November
- Third Act - 20th November
The release of the first act will happen hours after the Grand Final of the LoL World Championships 2021 is concluded. Given that the LoL World Championships are nothing short of a festival, the release of Arcane will ensure that the celebration carries on in the LoL Universe.
LOL Champions Featured in Arcane
The official release has also revealed a bunch of beloved Champions from the Rift who will be making an appearance in the series.
These champions are:
- Caitlyn and more.
Voice Cast of Arcane
The officially revealed list of talents who have been cast for the English language includes,
- Hailee Steinfeld as Vi
- Katie Leung as Caitlyn
- Kevin Alejandro as Jayce
- Jason Spisak as Silco
- Ella Purnell as Jinx
- Toks Olagundoye as Mel
- JB Blanc as Vander; and
- Harry Lloyd as Viktor
Considering the star-studded line-up of talents, it is safe to say that League of Legends' fans are in for an absolute treat with the release of Arcane on Netflix.
To celebrate the release of League of Legends' upcoming animated series on Netflix, Riot Games has decided to get involved in collaborations to generate even more hype for Arcane. Apart from the already leaked Fortnite x Arcane collaboration that will feature Jinx, Riot Games has also announced exclusive Arcane-themed cosmetics across all their games.
Be it a new gun bundle in Valorant or a new champion skin in Wild Rift, Arcane's release will bring something new for players across all of Riot's games.
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