League of Legends: Wild Rift won’t come to America until 2021

Riot Games is hoping to expand its League of Legends: Wild Rift Regional Beta to the Americas in 2021.

Riot Games has announced that League of Legends: Wild Rift, the mobile version of its popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), is kicking off its first Regional Open Beta later this month. Unfortunately, North America will not be included.

Starting October 27, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand will have access to League of Legends Wild Rift, which has undergone numerous closed Alphas and Betas. The invite is open to everyone in those regions.

The goal is then to expand to “many more regions,” including Europe, Oceana, Vietnam and Taiwan markets in December of this year. Riot is “aiming” to expand to the Americas in Spring 2021.

League of Legends: Wild Rift was highlighted at the recent Apple event for iPhone 12, leading many people to believe the game would make its North American debut soon. Unfortunately, it seems we’re still a ways off. What’s worse is that Riot’s Michael Chow alluded that some of these dates could be even further pushed back in the recent developer update.

“We’re coming in hot here so we’ll keep you posted if things start getting dicey, which they might,” he says.

League of Legends: Wild Rift is easily one of the most anticipated mobile games to launch and that’s largely because of the popularity of League of Legends on PC. Riot is aiming to create an experience on par with that of the PC version although certain systems have been tweaked to accommodate the mobile experience, including shortening match lengths and reducing the level cap. Additionally, some champions have had their abilities slightly tweaked to allow for more mobile-friendly controls.

When League of Legends: Wild Rift does arrive, it will be available on Android and iOS. Although it will surely take advantage of the iPhone 12’s power, Riot is aiming to have it playable on as many devices as possible.