Arcane is an upcoming series that is set in the League of Legends universe. Riot Games will be developing the animated series, with the animation by Fortiche Productions. Originally announced on League of Legends’ 10th-anniversary celebrations, the series’ 2020 release got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will be simultaneously released on Netflix and China’s Tencent Video website.
From the trailer, we can see that Arcane will take place in the regions of Piltover and Zaun. The two regions share a connection, as Piltover is right on top of Zaun. The City Of Progress is a title that the region of Piltover enjoys due to it being an important point of trade in Runeterra. Whereas Zaun is a place of high rates of crime and poverty, where even breathing is a hazard. Therefore, the citizens of Piltover and Zaun are always at odds with each other. This tension will form a central part of the story of Arcane, as the showrunner has confirmed.
The central plot of the series will come from the rivalry of sisters Vi and Jinx. Both the sisters start off as criminals in Zaun, surviving in the impoverished city. Eventually, Vi goes on to become an Enforcer, keeping the peace in Zaun. Whereas Jinx expands her criminal activities, turning the sisters into enemies.
Release date of Arcane
Arcane began development after its announcement on League of Legends’ 10th anniversary. Netflix announced on May 3rd this year that the series will be released in the fall of 2021. On September 25th, Netflix announced the release date of the series on November 6th, 2021. The series will release in 3 acts, with each act consisting of 3 episodes. The first act, consisting of the first 3 episodes, will release on November 6th. Following that, the second act and the third act will release with a week’s gap between each of them. Therefore, the second act will release on November 13th and the third act on November 20th.
Arcane’s wide array of characters will be supported by its amazing voice cast, consisting of widely acclaimed actors from all over the world. Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Purnell will be voicing the protagonists’ Vi and Jinx, respectively. Following them, Kevin Alejandro and Katie Leung will be voicing the secondary characters of Jayce and Caitlyn, respectively. Whereas Jason Spisak, Toks Olagundoye, JB Blanc, and Harry Lloyd will be voicing the characters of Silco, Mel, Vander, and Victor, respectively.
On 27th October, Riot released a song titled Enemy by the collaboration of the band Imagine Dragons and rapper JID. The three-and-a-half-minute-long video focuses on the character of Jinx. It shows parts of Jinx’s childhood and her eventual fallout with her sister, Vi. The music video also features the band Imagine Dragons itself, that too in the animation style of Arcane. This is the second time Imagine Dragons has made a song for Riot Games, with the first being Warriors, the band wrote for the 2014 League of Legends world championship.