League of Legends Worlds Finals are always unique experiences, but, thanks to the announcement that has been made after the opening ceremony, this one stood out. Riot Games’ Ruined King, which was revealed last year at The Game Awards, stunned viewers when they released an announcement trailer.
Ruined King will consist of many strategic depths by being turn-based, offering a true RPG experience, and releasing for purchase on most major platforms, coming to Steam, Nintendo Switch, Epic Games Store, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in early 2021. This means everyone will have a chance to try the first single player title of the company. Plus, next-gen consoles owners will be able to upgrade their game freely.
The new Action-RPG game is based on a League of Legends story and is developed by Airship Syndicate, the owner of Darksiders Genesis. There will be six playable League of Legends characters in Ruined King: Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Pyke, Ahri and Yasuo. Altogether with the party, players will explore the marvelous coastal town Bilgewater and set sail for the Shadow Isles to uncover the secrets of the deadly Black Mist.
Though hasn’t been much more information released, Riot Forge head Leanne Lombe and Airship Syndicate CEO Joe Madeureire gave some hints during an interview with Eurogamer. According to Madureira, Ruined King is a game that is “narratively focused,” and with a lot of exploration and interaction with both the environments and the multitude of NPCs.
“We had a world map in Battle Chasers, we got rid of that. So you don’t move around on little nodes, you’re actually in the world exploring the environments, the characters are in the environments, all the NPC’s you interact with,” said Madureira in Eurogamer’s interview. “It’s a much more immersive experience, and that was important for us. We didn’t feel like for League of Legends, with as rich as and huge as the world is, that players would be content just walking around on a map. So all the exploration is really fleshed out.”
League of Legends fans have been hoping to reach a single player experience that is based in their own game for a long time. Without even a co-op mode, we will see if Ruined King will be the game which the fans hope for.