Netflix has released an official trailer and announced the release date for the upcoming animated sci-fi series “Arcane.” Developed and produced by Riot Games, the company behind the “League of Legends” franchise, “Arcane” is an event series set in the same universe that offers up origin stories for various characters. Netflix has dated the series for release on Saturday, November 6.
Hailee Steinfeld leads the limited series as Vi, with Ella Purnell playing Jinx, Kevin Alejandro in the role of Jayce and Katie Leung as Caitlyn. The voice cast is rounded out by Jason Spisak (Silco), Toks Olgundoye (Mel), JB Blanc (Vander) and Harry Lloyd (Viktor).
The series takes place in Piltover and Zaun — two settings familiar to fans of the game — and will tell the origin stories of Vi and Jinx, all of which is teased in this visually impressive official trailer.
After first launching in 2009, “League of Legends” quickly amassed a tremendous following, especially in the esports community. “Players all over the world love league and its universe. Their passion is what inspires us to create expressions of Runeterra worthy of their fandom. The launch of Arcane is the beginning of the next chapter for Riot and we can’t wait for players to see what we have in store for them across games, entertainment, and sports,” says Nicolo Laurent, CEO of Riot Games. “In recognition of this moment, we’re putting players at the center of an amazing launch experience. Worlds and Arcane will combine to form a unified, global celebration, blending competition, entertainment, and community in a whole new way. Think about it like a super weekend for players.”
The official synopsis for “Arcane” reads as follows: Based on the world behind League of Legends, Arcane dives into the delicate balance between the rich city of Piltover and the seedy underbelly of Zaun. Known across Runeterra as the “city of progress,” many of the most brilliant minds call these cities home. But the creation of hextech, a way for any person to control magical energy, threatens that balance. While Arcane holds the backstories of League of Legends champions, the series is designed to stand on its own as a complex world filled with moral decisions, breathtaking animation, and suspenseful storytelling.
The series will not only reveal the backstories of popular characters, but also introduce new characters unfamiliar to fans of the game franchise like Vander and Silco, two citizens of Zaun.