League of Legends: Wild Rift will soon be available to play on many more phones around the world. Riot Games is launching the open beta for the mobile-focused multiplayer online battle arena to Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Russia (plus the CIS) and Turkey on December 10th, making it widely available on Android and iOS. Gamers in Oceania, Taiwan and Vietnam get a slightly earlier shot on December 7th.
The wider release will come alongside an update that adds “several” champions, play balancing and features based on feedback. More details will be available on December 7th.
You’ll have to wait a while to join the action in other places, unfortunately. Riot only expects to launch the Wild Rift open beta in the Americas in spring 2021. Regional open betas have been available in a handful of countries so far, including Japan, South Korea and Indonesia.
It’s an important rollout. League of Legends remains one of the most popular MOBA titles, but its absence on mobile left a conspicuous gap. Tencent developed Honor of Kings (aka Arena of Valor) in response to Riot’s reluctance to make a mobile LoL title. Wild Rift fills that void in Riot’s lineup, and could bring its particular gameplay style to many more people.