A guide to better understanding animated fiction, which arrives on Netflix in the early hours of November 7 with an action-fantasy adventure and a voice cast consisting of Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell and Kevin Alejandro, among others.
A new animated series based on a video game comes to Netflix this weekend and both the ‘streaming’ platform and its own developer, Riot Games, have put all the meat on the grill so that the launch is the event it is destined to be. At least for lovers of League of Legends, the video game object of the adaptation, for those who this fall have been waiting two years eagerly for the debut of Arcane.
Unlike with other series on the platform, which tends to bet on the launch of its original productions on Fridays at 9:01 a.m. -Spanish time-, the premiere of Arcane It will take place globally in the early morning of Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 November at 3 a.m. That will not be all, however, since the debut will take place in three acts, over three weeks. Thus, the first 3 episodes, those that make up the first act, available to subscribers on November 7, while the second and third acts, of three chapters each, will see the light on November 13 and 20 respectively.
However, although the series is animated and the video game has also captivated younger audiences in its more than 10 years of existence, Riot’s head of creative development already wanted to make it clear from the moment the series was announced that it would not be a product for children. “It’s not a lighthearted show,” Greg Street said. “It deals with serious themes that we explore in it, so we don’t want children looking at it and hoping for something that it is not.”
The universe of League of Legends It has several tens of millions of registered users, but the Netflix series has not been produced specifically just for them. In fact, if you are not familiar with the video game but are amazed by the animation and have been captivated by the aesthetics of the series that can already be seen in the trailers, You must not have vertigo.
‘Arcane’: Characters, history, mythology and everything we know about the series about ‘League of Legends’
However, if that were the case, our colleagues from Millenium, the expert website in eSports and videogames, has put all its knowledge within the reach of our readers to solve the main doubts that may arise at the time of entering the world League of Legends. If, on the other hand, you are already an expert, you may be interested to know that in it the series is being and will be closely followed.
1. What is the ‘League of Legends’ video game that inspired ‘Arcane’ about?
League of Legends is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). The fictional world that we know in it is called Runeterra and in it converge a series of heroes and villains, known as “champions”, who come from different places and between which clashes often arise.
In this context, the online video game is developed, with games of five against five in which players can get into the role of one of the more than 150 current champions. It is always played on the same map and, during the games, which usually last between 25 and 40 minutes on average, the objectives are mainly three: to improve our character, win fights against our rivals and destroy neutral structures and monsters.
2. When was the video game born?
It is a video game with a lot of history, since it was launched in beta in 2009.
Since then, it has been changing a lot, going through visual remasters, content expansions, improvements in game systems and much more.
Precisely in October 2019, 10 years after its launch, the developer Riot Games announced the launch of the series that is now about to reach Netflix.
3. Why is it worth making a series based on ‘League of Legends’?
Since some years, League of Legends has gone to great lengths to create a fantasy world around its champions. Runeterra, which is how the world in which these characters live is called, has a large number of stories, both on the official website of the Universe with the map and its short stories, and in a series of comics resulting from its collaboration with Marvel, cinematics, novels and also other family games such as ‘Legends of Runeterra’, which is cards.
With all the above, there is no doubt that it is a world of great wealth, containing endless stories, characters and narratives that can be explored. So yeah, it makes all the sense in the world to do series about Runeterra.
4. Where does it take place?
This particular series takes place in Piltover and Zaun, two cities that belong to the Runeterra world.
Despite being a fantasy world, Piltover and Zaun are a tremendously technologically advanced city-state with respect to the rest of Runeterra. Piltover is the upper area, an academic and scientific city full of impressive buildings; while Zaun is the opposite, a city that is under Piltover and in which the underworld and the humble people of the place roam freely.
5. What is the objective of the game?
League of Legends is a team game in which the basic objective is to destroy the opponent’s base, giving an end to the game.
As we mentioned above, the battles are five against five and last around half an hour, more or less.
6. Who are the good guys?
The two main characters are Jinx and Vi, two sisters from Zaun’s underworld and two playable characters in League of Legends. The first of them is dubbed in the series by the young British actress Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), while the second is embodied in the voice cast by Hailee Steinfeld, whom we will soon see in the highly anticipated Hawk Eye from Disney +.
While Jinx has become a dangerous criminal, Vi has progressed and follows the path of good. However, everything indicates that it will be in Arcane where we are told how that friction between them ends up going to the background as very dangerous enemies appear, making their family history progress despite their differences.
7. And the bad guys?
At the moment we know that there will be a bad guy named Silco, who is a dangerous criminal from the underworld and who in the past was Jinx’s guide.
But he will not be the only one: several technochemical barons, chiefs of the Zaun underworld, are expected to appear.
8. You will like it if you liked it …
We can equate this recent animation series as What would happen if…? Disney + or perhaps other video game adaptations such as DOTA: Dragon Blood, also from Netflix.