League of Legends: Wild Rift’s open beta is now available for all players in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. However, the game would be delayed until 2021 for players in the Americas and India.
Riot's Plans For North America, South America and India
Michael Chow, the executive producer for Wild Rift at Riot, released a message for American fans of the game.
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 was announced in October 2019 for Android, iOS, and consoles. Riot previously said it planned to release the mobile version by the end of 2020 with the console launch set for later in the future. The game has been delayed, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the game is coming to Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Oceania, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam in December, for North America, South America, and India, Riot plans to release the game in the spring of 2021.