League of Legends

League of Legends Wild Rift Open Beta Date Announced

A new trailer shows the regions that now have access to Wild Rift's open beta servers.
A new trailer shows the regions that now have access to Wild Rift's open beta servers. / Courtesy of Riot Games.

League of Legends: Wild Rift open beta date for the Americas was announced. On March 29, 2021, players in servers belonging to the Americas will be able to enjoy the highly-anticipated mobile version of League of Legends, Wild Rift.

League of Legends Wild Rift Open Beta Date Announced

The game was first announced Oct. 15, 2019, and back then the release was predicted to be sometime in 2020. While speaking in the first announcement, Michael Chow emphasized that the developers had to start from scratch when making the game.

Despite it being more challenging given the timeframe, starting from scratch allowed for, "a full, visual remaster" of the champion models (and the Summoner's Rift as a whole) to be available on Wild Rift. Despite not every single game element from the original League game being available (certain skins, for example) the team is releasing playable champions from the original game regularly.

In its first announcement, Wild Rift showed Jax, Orianna, Fizz, Vi, Garen, Ashe, Jinx, Malphite, Alistar, Annie and Braum. As of writing, there are over 40 playable champions in the open beta.

Something that Riot Games is emphasizing in the announcement, as well, is how problematic the use of VPNs. They are encouraging players to turn them off, as the use of a VPN has been linked to certain issues that players have had. Not only that, but there will also be a penalty.

In the official announcement, Riot developers state: "Once the Americas server is live, Wild Rift players whose registered account locations don't match their IP address locations will see a message about the launch whenever they start the game. This message contains important information on how we assign servers and what this means for new and current players across the globe."