In a Press Release, Riot Games announced their first-ever League of Legends Novel with Orbit US. It will be published in English in September, 2022. The novel will also have an ebook and audio edition that will be distributed internationally. This story will focus on Kalista, “as she searches for a legendary realm that may have access to ancient magic—the only way to cure the poisoned Queen Isolde”. The novel, Ruination, will be written by Anthony Reynolds, the Principal Writer at Riot Games. For more on “Ruination” read below.
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From the Press Release:
“Stories play such an important role in exploring our world and champions in deep and meaningful ways, said Ashley Maidy, Head of Consumer Products for Riot Games. This is a foundational story for Runeterra, and will shed new light on the events that shape some of its most pivotal characters. We are thrilled that Orbit will be bringing this to life for our fans.”
Senior Vice President and Publisher of Orbit US, Tim Holman, said of the deal, “We are thrilled to be publishing the first novel set in the League of Legends universe. Our goal is to publish stories that will excite not just the millions of League of Legends players but anyone who loves epic adventures set in fantastical worlds. Working with the Rioters has been an amazing experience, and I believe that together we can build a phenomenal publishing program.”
Orbit UK Publisher Anna Jackson said, “League of Legends has taken the world by storm, and we’re so excited to be working with the highly innovative team behind this global sensation. The universe they’ve created is so rich with detail, and we can’t wait to help bring it to life in new ways.”
Orbit US acquiring editor Bradley Englert said, “I’ve been playing League of Legends for more than ten years, and I’m beyond thrilled to be able to join Riot in publishing their first novel set within the League universe. The characters are unforgettable, and the depth of the world is immense. As an epic fantasy editor, it’s an absolute pleasure to be working with a team like Riot who have a real passion for telling remarkable stories.”
As Riot Games continues to expand their universe after the success of Arcane, it will be interesting to see how the novels of the League of Legends Universe continue to build the story. Many believe this could all be leading up to the release of the League of Legends MMO as the rest of the world of Runeterra is fleshed out.
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