When more than a year passes between the announcement of the game and its official launch, it is that the development has been slow but with good lyrics. Everything has a reason, and that is that before going deep, it will not be the typical cropped version for mobile phones. The important thing is that after beta phases, gameplays as a trailer and numerous rumors, it is official on the Play Store, anticipating its launch one day.
Wild Rift has nothing to envy to the PC version
Like the PC version, this League of Legends: Wild Rift is a completely free game that is financed by cosmetic micro-payments. The mechanics are similar to the original version, although Riot Games has slightly tweaked the game to adapt it to mobile screens and the format itself, with shorter games and simplified controls.
Therefore, one of the main novelties of Wild Rift compared to the original version of the game for computers is the reduction in game time. Although the base of the game remains the same and offers a 5v5 matchup, the games are shorter and can last around 15 minutes. As is evident, the controls are also modified, since everything depends on the fingers on the touch screen, although they are very easy and intuitive. For this, we will have a joystick on the left to handle the champion.
It must be made clear, although those who have tried the PC version will realize immediately, is that it is not a mobile port. Although it has similar mechanics, it is a totally new game and developed from scratch. That becomes evident once we enter the game, as it contains smaller maps, there are no nexus turrets, the nexus has its own turret, times are shorter, and champions do not have 18 levels, but 15. The structure that has been made of Wild Rift is with the idea of making a much shorter format taking into account the autonomy of the batteries. In short, they are usually games from 30 to 60 minutes maximum.
How do you play Wild Rift?
You could say that this LoL: Wild Rift is also a strategy by Riot Games to engage more players who have remained skeptical of the PC version. With this shorter and lighter format, it is a more attractive proposition for newbies who have not played League of Legends in their life. Therefore, one of the most interesting sections is learning to play, at least the first steps.
With the typical isometric view that already characterizes LoL games, we choose our character with whom we feel most comfortable. Let’s remember that there is different roles in the game, each with a specific function to both support and break lines and destroy turrets. At the beginning, we will start with a minimum of gold to buy some help for our champion, who only has his basic attack and a first ability.
While the basic attack is unlimited in use, the skills have a cooldown, which changes depending on the power of each of the 4 abilities that we can have. These skills are enhanced by earning achievements in the game, such as killing AI-controlled minions, destroying turrets, or landing dragons on neutral targets. The main objective will be to die as little as possible, kill as much as possible and end up destroying the nexus, which would be the enemy base.
The game allows, as in the PC version, play with friends in private groups, since the game has alerts within the game to give directions or warnings to colleagues. If we do not have friends on the platform yet, the Quick matchmaking Wild Rift will fix the problem for us quickly. Of course, there is no cross game with the computer version.
A much simpler interface
Leaving what the game itself is, the interface aspect is very important. It is where we are going to do various actions such as unlocking new champions and elements. In the PC version, we could find a somewhat loaded and complex interface, but it is something that does not happen in the mobile version. We have an identical design, with a bluish hue and golden details, although it is much less complex than that of the computer game and everything is designed to make it easy to play using your fingers and the screen.
Other details that stand out in this edition for Android is that it is completely translated into Spanish, both voices and text. It has different graphic settings and by default the 60 FPS is disabled, playing in a simple 30 FPS although they can be activated from the settings of the game itself. If your terminal allows it, it is something that you are going to do almost by obligation, since you will gain in fluidity and visibility. However, it is not a title that demands too much performance on the hardware, despite the fact that Wild Rift is designed to have a lot of presence in the competitive world.
If you are not sure how the game will work on your Android, these minimum requirements can help you find out:
- YOU: Android 5 and higher
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- CPU: 1.5 GHz quad-core processor (32-bit or 64-bit)
- GPU: Mali-T860
Same micro-payment system, but fewer characters
LoL: Wild Rift will continue to carry the same model that it follows in the computer version: a completely free title with a integrated micro-payment system. After the initial tutorials, we will be able to unlock several champions to have a choice, but obviously we will have to finance the rest of the content with real money.
However, we will not have the wide cast that we enjoy on PC, being 40 for the more than 100 that are in the original version. However, this figure is expected to increase gradually. The first to unlock for free will be Arhi, Blitzcrank, Garen or Janna, but there are still many more to discover:
- Aurelion Sol
- Dr. World
- Jarvan IV
- Read without
- Master Yi
- Miss fortune
- Twisted fate
- Xin Zhao
Will there be competitive Wild Rift?
How could it be otherwise, LoL: Wild Rift the competitive scene is set to grow by leaps and bounds. There are already many Esports teams that have announced their intention to include a Wild Rift section and little by little we will see the appearance of amateur competitions, competitions promoted by Riot and an endless number of events starring influencers and important people in the sector. In fact, its early days of operation have been exposed on Twitch Rivals.