"League of Legends: Wild Rift" Executive Producer Michael Chow recently shared a message to fans and gamers revealing the difficulties the team faced in launching the mobile MOBA title, as well as an update on the release of regional beta in India, North America and South America.
In a video shared on the official Twitter account of "League of Legends: Wild Rift," the executive producer revealed several factors that caused the postponement of the game's open beta servers. According to him, the current global health crisis made it extremely challenging for the upcoming mobile MOBA title to have a global launch. He added that each region has its own unique challenges that require a different set of solutions.
The COVID-19 pandemic restricted the team to travel and made it impossible for them to do the things they usually do to set up new server locations and sites, Chow said. Because of this and several other "dozen crazy 2020 things," Riot Games encountered a multifaceted and complex issue to bring the "League of Legends: Wild Rift" to regions such as North America, South America and India, the executive producer continued.
Chow believes that rushing thins would not deliver the target gaming experience that "League of Legends: Wild Rift" players deserve. While the executive did not go into the specifics on the technical issues the team has encountered, his statement underlines that the technical issues they are facing are not simple. The recent update from Chow indicates that players in India, South America and North America would have to wait a little bit longer before they could finally get their hands on the mobile MOBA game.
A message to Wild Rift’s 2021 beta regions from executive producer, Michael Chow
(also available on @wildriftBR @wildriftLATAM) pic.twitter.com/G5qMe8ia0V — League of Legends: Wild Rift (@wildrift) October 26, 2020
At the time of this publication, "League of Legends: Wild Rift" open beta servers are available in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Other countries like Thailand, Brunei, and Cambodia also have access to the game's open beta servers. Riot Games also opened the game servers in South Korea and Japan recently and invited players in Laos, Myanmar and Timor-Leste to try the game.
The second phase of "League of Legends: Wild Rift" beta will be available on Dec 2020. Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Oceania, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam will be able to access the game before the year ends. Meanwhile, players in North America will have to wait until the Spring of 2021 to access the MOBA title. India and South America will follow suit.
"League of Legends: Wild Rift" is currently available on Android devices. The game will soon be available on the iPhone 12 as announced during the most recent Apple event.