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Ruined King, the singleplayer League of Legends game, finally shows off some gameplay

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Ruined King was announced in December 2019 as the first-ever singleplayer League of Legends game, in development at Airship Syndicate as part of the Riot Forge publishing program. In October of this year it was set for a release in early 2021 on the Epic Games Store, and in a new trailer revealed tonight at The Game Awards we got our first look at some actual gameplay.

The game is set in two regions of Runeterra, the port town of Bilgewater and the Shadow Isles, shrouded in the corrupting Black Mist. Players will form a party with League of Legends stalwarts Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and Pyke, to confront some mysterious "common enemy."

The trailer doesn't reveal anything more about that narrative (although it does hint that some element of underhandedness may be at play), but it does provide an interesting look at the isometric gameworld and tactical combat. Characters appear to have abilities and attributes similar to those in League of Legends, and it seems that battles will occur in standalone segments, off the main game map and from a side-by-side perspective.

Riot Forge also confirmed a change to the Ruined King website indicating that it will not be out in early 2021, as originally planned. The site now says just "2021," reflecting, as the publisher said on Twitter, that "it's going to take a little bit longer to get there."

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.