Thursday, December 2, 2021

‘Arcane’: Netflix and Riot Games’ Huge Hit Gets a Second Season

Season 2 of Arcane is already in production, Riot Games confirmed today. Surprising absolutely no one, Netflix ordered a second season of the hit show based on Riot’s online game League of Legends.

The series only debuted this month, but received rave reviews from both fans of the game and general audiences alike. Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t have a bad word to say about the gorgeously animated show; it awarded Arcane a 100% Average Tomatometer rating and a 98% Average Audience score. And it’s not just them! With a 9.4 rating on IMDB, Arcane is the highest rated original series Netflix has produced.

The glowing praise isn’t much of a surprise to many League of Legends players. They are already familiar with Riot Games’ high production values and quality animatics from marketing and tie-in content. But it surprised a lot of other people when Arcane became the most-watched series on Netflix in 38 countries, only one day after its release!

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Now, the world of Runeterra is being enjoyed by folks who’ve never battled their way up a lane. (And by plenty who never intend to).

Netflix, Riot Games, and French animation studio Fortiche have hit upon a winning combination. By utilizing the epic, deep worldbuilding of League of Legends and combining it with a character-focused story, a brilliant score, and stunning animation that combines both CG and hand-drawn art styles, they produced a show that keeps viewers glued to their seats from the first minute to the last.

Christian Link is executive producing the second season. Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck, the original founders of Riot Games and League of Legends, will also produce along with Jane Chung and Thomas Vu.

Hailee Steinfeld (Hawkeye, Dickinson), Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets, Star Trek: Prodigy), and Katie Leung (Harry Potter) will return as the voices of Vi, Jinx, and Caitlyn, respectively.

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“We’re beyond happy about the positive response to Arcane‘s first season and are working hard with the creative wizards at Riot and Fortiche to deliver our second installment,” said co-creators Christian Linke and Alex Yee.

After the dramatic cliffhanger season 1 ended on, fans are certainly clamoring for more. Season 2 hasn’t had a release date announced yet, though, so for now we will have to wait…and rewatch.

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