Riot Games appeared on stage during Apple’s iPhone 12 event to announce that League of Legends: Wild Rift will arrive on iPhone devices later this year. The mobile adaptation of the wildly popular MOBA League of Legends comes at a time when another hit multiplayer game–Fortnite–remains unavailable on iOS devices.
An official release date for League of Legends: Wild Rift was not confirmed; we just know it will release sometime in 2020. The announcement was made while Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 12, the company’s latest flagship phone. The exact phones that support Wild Rift were not shared, but we do know it’ll take advantage of the iPhone 12’s new A14 Bionic chip and 5G functionality. How exactly it will utilize the new chip was not shared in great detail, but Riot touted the “fast speeds” that the new line of iPhones will allow for when playing Wild Rift.
An Android version of Wild Rift is also planned for release. You can sign up for an iOS beta now or pre-register for the Android beta on the Wild Rift website.
The big gaming focus at the Apple event today was 5G and League of Legends coming to mobile.
In addition to throwing some shade at Fortnite, the key messaging was about iPhone 12 offering better performance than any other smartphone platform for gaming, including LoL. pic.twitter.com/Jgdc95CeZJ
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) October 13, 2020
League of Legends: Wild Rift was first announced last year and is an abridged version of the traditional PC League of Legends experience, with a simpler, more streamlined user interface designed for specifically for mobile devices. Development on the game continues, with new 0.5 patch notes having just been released on October 10. Along with reworking characters, that introduced a new Practice mode that should make it easier to get accustomed to the touchscreen controls.
The headlining announcement of the iPhone event has been the unveiling of the iPhone 12, which includes 5G speeds, the new A14 Bionic chip, and a boxier design reminiscent of the iPad Pro. The company also revealed a smaller version called the iPhone 12 Mini, which contains the same internals as the iPhone 12 in a more compact 5.4-inch form factor.
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