League of Legends: Wild Rift coming to consoles after mobile launch

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League of Legends: Wild Rift is finally launching in North America. The highly anticipated mobile spinoff of Riot Games’ popular MOBA has been available in various regions across the world for some time now, but the open beta will finally arrive in North America on March 29.

For those unfamiliar, League of Legends: Wild Rift is basically the core League of Legends PC experience combined with the accessibility and social play of mobile. It has been from the ground up to bring the competitive MOBA gameplay of League PC to mobile. But if you recall, when Wild Rift was first announced, it was also said to be coming to consoles.

Unfortunately, we haven’t heard much about the console version of Wild Rift since that initial announcement as Riot has been focused primarily on getting the mobile version out. In a recent press roundtable, Riot confirmed that Wild Rift is still coming to consoles.

Unfortunately, Riot had no platforms to announce yet, but added “you can imagine the sorts folks we’re talking to.” The immediate consoles that come to mind are PlayStation and Xbox, but the mobile aspect of Wild Rift makes me inclined to think that it would also be a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch.

Riot also confirmed that they are exploring cross-platform play and cross-progression but tempered expectations with nothing being locked in yet. Again, it’s unclear whether this means cross-platform and cross-progression within the same family of consoles or if, say, PlayStation users will be able to play with those on Xbox. We also don’t know if mobile players will be able to play with those on console, or if you’ll be able to jump back and forth between the two.

For what it’s worth, in Teamfight Tactics, you can hop between PC and mobile, even switching mid-match. There have been times when my internet at home has crashed mid-game and I’ve had to quickly pull up the game using my phone’s internet.

In any case, it’s good to know League of Legends: Wild Rift is still in development for consoles and on track to arrive after the mobile version. I’m assuming work will really begin on consoles after the official launch of Wild Rift on mobile and not the beta.