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'League Of Legends' Developer Is Working On A Diablo-Inspired Action-RPG

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'League Of Legends' Developer Is Working On A Diablo-Inspired Action-RPG

With all of the new games recently announced from League Of Legends developer Riot Games, you could be forgiven for thinking that the company is preparing to go to war with Blizzard.

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During the special League Of Legends 10th Anniversary event earlier this week, Riot unveiled a string of upcoming titles that all bear more than a slight resemblance to various Blizzard titles, starting with Legends of Runeterra - a free-to-play card game, that looks an awful lot like Hearthstone.

Diablo artwork
Diablo artwork

The developer also shared a brief look at an Overwatch-style shooter which is in the early stages of development. As such, it's not entirely fair to suggest that it's an Overwatch clone, but it clearly intends to share some DNA with the existing class-based shooter.

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Borrowing inspiration from Overwatch and Hearthstone probably would have been enough, but it seems that Riot is also working on an action-RPG in the vein of Diablo, another classic Blizzard franchise.

It was only briefly glimpsed during the League of Legends event, but PC Gamer notes that a press release reveals the untitled game is currently referred to as "Project F" internally, and is a "project that explores the possibilities of traversing the world of Runeterra with your friends."

That's really all we have in terms of concrete details right now, but if Riot is really coming for Blizzard's crown, it makes sense that it'd develop a game to rival Diablo - especially since we're still waiting for Blizzard to deliver any news on Diablo 4. League of Legends and the action-RPG genre make perfect sense together, to be honest, so I'm actually kind of amazed we're only just getting a game like this.

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League of Legends / Credit: Riot Games
League of Legends / Credit: Riot Games

During the event, we were also treated to a first-look at a brand new League of Legends animated series called Arcane,which will be produced entirely in-house by Riot and serves as an origin story for two iconic League of Legends champions and the "power that will tear them apart."

We also know that the show will focus on characters from Piltover and the seedy undercity of Zaun. The likes of Ekko, Ezreal, and Jinx all make brief appearances in the reveal trailer.

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Like the mysterious Diabloesque title, it's early days for Arcane, but you can check out an announcement trailer above for some idea of what to expect when the series eventually arrives. All in all, these are exciting times for Riot Games, whose string of announcements came at a fairly awkward time for Blizzard.

Featured Image Credit: Blizzard/Riot Games

Topics: Diablo, League of Legends, Blizzard, Riot Games

Ewan Moore
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