Arcane season 2 is in production

Surprising no one, the hit League of Legends spin-off cartoon Arcane will be getting a second series. Confirming the news, the show's official Twitter account said, "Ready yourselves, friends. Season 2 of Arcane is now in production. Where's a Hexgate when you need one?"

The collaboration between Riot Games and Netflix has been so popular that League of Legends pick rates for characters featured in the show have skyrocketed. Apparently that popularity is well-deserved. As Steven Messner wrote in his review of Arcane's first act, "The curse of videogame movies and TV spin-offs being shit is well and truly broken, and Netflix's Arcane has delivered the killing blow." He praised its painterly art style and kinetic fight scenes, as well as its balance between political drama and character development.

This week Riot also surprise-released two new games, Ruined King and Hextech Mayhem, which are the first games released under its Riot Forge label. Ruined King was developed by Airship Syndicate, and has similar JRPG-style combat to the studio's previous game Battle Chasers: Nightwar, while Hextech Mayhem is a rhythm runner by Choice Provisions, creator of the Bit.Trip series.

A date for the premiere of Arcane season 2 has yet to be announced, and it hasn't been confirmed whether it will follow the same three-acts-over-three-weeks format. 

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.