The rich lore of League of Legends will be explored away from a computer screen: on the fine printed pages of comic books.
Riot Games, the developer behind the massively-successful multiplayer strategy game, will partner with Marvel Entertainment for a crossover that will begin with League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother, a graphic novel set for release in 2019.
This is not the first time LoL has flirted with the comic form: their site features a compact array of LoL comics, but this will be the first time an LoL comic will be printed and distributed — by Marvel, no less.
Here's a plot synopsis that will get LoL fans excited:
"Raised in the savage wilds of the north, Ashe is an Iceborn, a warrior gifted with a magical connection to her frozen homeland–and burdened by her mother's fanatical expectations. When they set out on a dangerous quest for the truth behind an ancient myth, bonds are broken, secrets come to light, and Runeterra is forever changed. Will young Ashe become the leader her people need? Or is destiny merely an empty dream?"
"We think comics are a great way to tell stories because they combine narrative text with artwork," Riot's head of creative development Greg Street tells The Verge. "We can show what a village in the frozen north of Freljord or what a ship looks like in a tropical port of Bilgewater."
In a separate statement, Street acknowledges Marvel's time-tested skill of storytelling.
"We see similarities between the League of Legends Universe and the Marvel Universe, as both of them feature an array of characters with compelling and diverse backgrounds. Marvel's success at developing a world through comics and creating great stories is industry-defining, and we're thrilled to be working with them to bring our own stories to life."
If you're aching to read the Ashe: Warmother saga, it will be first released monthly on digital platforms, beginning December 19, before a physical release in May 2019.