During the latest /dev diary update, Riot announced that League of Legends: Wild Rift was opening up the beta to Southeast Asia and adding Japan and South Korea to the mix. However, the game would be delayed until 2021 for players in North America, South America, and India. This news did not sit well with a lot of the American and Indian fans of the game. To address this, Michael Chow, the executive producer for Wild Rift at Riot, released a message.
Chow talked about the main reasons Wild Rift has been delayed in these regions. “The ongoing state of COVID, with its continued impact on the global landscape around us, is creating brand new technical constraints and complicating each regions’ own unique set of challenges and requirements”, says the Riot executive producer. “The pandemic has the team grounded and unable to travel, making it impossible to do what we would normally do to set up new server sites and server locations”, he continued.
The net result of this has been a much more complex and multifaceted problem to bring service to certain regions in particular. “We want the quality of the Wild Rift service to make the game shine for you. Rushing this isn't going to give you the experience you deserve and might even put us in a situation where we need to take down the game completely”, says Chow.
Chow apologizes for the delays but believes that Wild Rift will be “worth the wait”. Regarding the problems of players joining the ecosystem late, Riot says it is looking for “cool opportunities” to make it right for players. One problem, in particular, is about losing time in earning enough Blue Emotes for champions to play in ranked mode. “We will be implementing some ways for all of you to get a bunch of champions to close that time gap.”
Wild Rift Open Beta Goes Live Today
League of Legends: Wild Rift’s open beta went live today, 27th October, in several countries across the world. The game is available to download in Google Play Store in Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan. Players can also connect your Riot account and login to the game for extra rewards and events based on your investment in League. The expected date for Apple’s App Store is 28th October. Here are the timings across regions:
- Indonesia: 2:00 pm
- Japan: 4:00 pm
- Malaysia: 3:00 pm
- Philippines: 3:00 pm
- Singapore: 3:00 pm
- South Korea: 4:00 pm
- Thailand: 2:00 pm