Ruined King (opens in new tab) was announced in December 2019 as the first-ever singleplayer League of Legends (opens in new tab) game, and also the first game to come out of the Riot Forge (opens in new tab) publishing label. Today Riot announced that Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, as it's officially named, will go into full release on Steam and the Epic Games Store in early 2021.
The League of Legends spinoff is being developed by Airship Syndicate, whose previous releases including Battle Chasers: Nightwar (opens in new tab) and Darksiders Genesis (opens in new tab), as part of Riot's effort to push beyond the mega-hit MOBA League of Legends. Riot Forge releases will be set in Runeterra and feature League characters, but will be "completable" games developed by external partner studios.
"Ruined King is a great way to expand the world of Runeterra for brand new players as well as our dedicated League of Legends fans," Riot Forge head Leanne Loombe said. "Ruined King will be the first singleplayer game to bring the LoL universe to both consoles and PC. We are excited to take this plunge into exploring stories and champions that players have enjoyed over the years, and can’t wait for our players to embark on this new adventure with us."
Ruined King: A League of Legends Story will be set in two regions of Runeterra: the port town of Bilgewater (opens in new tab), home to monster hunters, dock gangs, and smugglers, and the Shadow Isles (opens in new tab), shrouded in the deadly Black Mist that corrupts all it touches. Players will form a party including League of Legends characters Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and Pyke, in order to defeat a mysterious common enemy.
That's a pretty thin as a synopsis goes, but Riot said that it will have more to say about the game in December. In the meantime, you can dive deeper into the lore underpinning the game (and there's plenty of it—this is League of Legends, after all) at ruinedking.com (opens in new tab).