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Arcane season 2: What we know so far

Key art for Riot's Arcane
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Arcane may have been the biggest gaming surprise of 2021. The gorgeous animated spin-off of MOBA League of Legends was a character-driven drama with occasionally stunning action scenes, rich and engaging enough to stand alone even if you have no interest in League of Legends.

Arcane's nine episode first season resolves some character stories, but clearly ends with much more to tell for main characters Vi, Jinx, and the city of Piltover's fragile relationship with the undercity Zaun. 

While details are scarce about the confirmed second season, we'll collect them here as we catch them. Here's everything we know about Arcane's second season.

When can we watch Arcane season 2?

Unfortunately, while Netflix has confirmed that Arcane season 2 is coming, all we know is that it won't hit in 2022. Otherwise, we don't have a hint of a release date, but spring 2023 seems like the earliest possible window.

During Arcane season 1's run last November, Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent tweeted: "The good news: you won’t have to wait for 6 years (the time it took us to making season 1). The bad news: it’s not coming in 2022."

In the meantime, there'll still be some Arcane content if you're desperate. Starting August 4th, a Netflix-produced behind-the-scenes series called Arcane: Bridging the Rift will air on Riot's YouTube, chronicling the first season's production process across five episodes.

What's the latest Arcane season 2 news?

What is Arcane about?

Arcane centers on the origin story of two of League of Legends' most iconic characters: Jinx and her sister Vi. It begins with the sisters' childhood growing up on the streets of Piltover and Zaun, a pair of cities that represent a kind of technological utopia and dystopia. The show eventually broadens its lens to tackle the class disparity between the two cities and the morality of building advanced technology that can be used for war through other LoL characters like Jace and Heimerdinger.

Also, it's about some incredible action scenes, with 3D animation that looks unlike any other show or film I've ever seen.

As anyone who has played League of Legends probably knows, Jinx and Vi aren't exactly best friends. In the game, Jinx is an infamous terrorist with a passion for very big explosions, while Vi is a sheriff hellbent on preserving law and order. Arcane explores the dynamics of their relationship and how they split apart.

But one of the most impressive things about the show is how well it weaves in new characters that aren't in the games. You definitely don't need to be a League player to follow (or enjoy) its story.

Which characters might show up in Arcane season 2?

Arcane already features a number of characters from League of Legends: Vi, Jinx, Caitlyn, Jayce, Ekko, Heimerdinger, Singed, and Viktor. Those last two don't much resemble their game counterparts in season 1, which will likely fit into their character arcs in season 2.

Fans have plenty of theories about who could show up next season. The frontrunners are werewolf warrior Warwick and clockwork woman Oriana, both of whom have ties to mad scientist Singed. 

It seems unlikely that a minor character from the first season will be responsible for introducing two new major characters into the second season, though, so odds are it's probably one or the other. For the sake of tidy drama, my money's on beloved season 1 papa Vander returning as Warwick in season 2.

There are plenty of other LoL characters tied to Piltover and Zaun who could show up in the second season, including Ezreal, Camille, Urgot, Janna, and—the one I'm really hoping for—Dr. Mundo.

Will 'Enemy' still be the intro song for season 2?

136 million plays on Youtube and another 486 million on Spotify? Yeah, it's probably sticking around.

Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter (opens in new tab) and Tested (opens in new tab) before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.

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