Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is the first game set to be published by Riot Forge, Riot’s recently announced label for League of Legends spin-off games developed by third parties. Announced during tonight’s Game Awards, Ruined King takes place after “Burning Tides;” an event in League of Legends lore focused on the port city of Bilgewater.
In development at Austin, TX-based studio Airship Syndicate, Ruined King is “a story-driven, turn based role-playing game,” according to the YouTube description of the trailer embedded below. “Set after the events of Burning Tides, players will take control of LoL champions and explore the bustling city of Bilgewater and the mysterious Shadow Isles in a game for the first time.”
The description goes on to promise “fan favorite champions, innovative turn-based combat, and beautiful art direction along with brand new surprises and plenty of poros.” Said champions, combat, and poros are absent from Ruined King‘s debut trailer, but there’s definitely a lot of art happening and it seems very directed, so it delivers on that count. The game is in development for “console and PC,” which could mean a lot of things in this day and age — especially since there’s no announced release window for Ruined King, let alone a release date.
Even with this drought of information, we can make some educated guesses as to which LoL champions will show up. Currently, there are nine champs associated with Bilgewater: Fizz, Gangplank, Graves, Illaoi, Nautilus, Pyke, Tahm Kench, Twisted Fate, and of course, Riot’s favorite treasure chest, Miss Fortune. I’d bet six pieces of eight that Miss Fortune plays a central role in Ruined King, or at the very least, that she can be recruited to the player’s party.
Meanwhile, the Shadow Isles are home to Hecarim, a haunted suit of armor; Karthus, a ghost wearing partial armor; Thresh, a haunted skeleton that watched Hellraiser once; Kalista, a revenge spirit that watched Wonder Woman once; Mordekaiser, a different suit of haunted armor; Yorick, who looks like the Gravedigger on the Magic: the Gathering card “Gravedigger;” Maokai the Very Angry Tree; and Elise, the Spider That You’re Supposed to Want to Bang. As for which of these champions is most likely to end up in Ruined King, I’m gonna err on the side of caution and say Elise.
Airship Syndicate recently released Darksiders Genesis on PC and Google Stadia, which tracks since Airship was founded by four ex-Vigil Games developers. Unlike the mainline Darksiders games, which are primarily third-person action/adventure Zelda homages wrapped up in a Marvel comics veneer, Genesis is more of an isometric loot RPG thing, in the vein of Diablo 2 or Pillars of Eternity. Seems like a good match for the League of Legends universe, which has been enjoyed from an isometric viewpoint since its inception, and as we all know, camera angles are the number one thing that publishers take into consideration when allocating their licenses. (This is a joke — my parents read my posts and I don’t want them to get the wrong idea. Love y’all!)