League of Legends: Wild Rift to Enter Closed Alpha Testing Later in June
League of Legends fans around the world (or at least in the Philippines and Brazil) have a good reason to rejoice as League of Legends: Wild Rift is about to enter its closed alpha test later in June. Riot Games’ mobile adaptation of the popular PC MOBA game is about to receive its first live test, which will span from June 6 to June 27. Starting on this date, players who are admitted in the test will be able to log into the game for 4 hours every day, from 6 pm to 10 pm, and try out everything it has to offer.
Wild Rift is a mobile adaptation of League of Legends, which aims to faithfully recreate the experience of the PC MOBA game on your phone. And with the success of titles like Mobile Legends and Arena of Valor, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing what Riot has in store for us. After all, while the MOBA genre started off with DotA as a Warcraft 3 custom map, League of Legends is, in no small part, responsible for popularizing it. And with an experienced team that has held a significant presence in the competitive gaming scene for over a decade working on it, you know Wild Rift is definitely going to be amazing.
The alpha test will include the standard League of Legends 5v5 MOBA gameplay that we all know and love, with controls and performance reportedly optimized for mobile devices. At a glance, it definitely looks like the team has made significant changes to the UI to accommodate playing it with a dual-stick setup. Like in other mobile MOBAs, Wild Rift is meant to be played using the left virtual stick to move your character around, while using the controls on the right to auto-attack and activate and aim skills.
Riot Games have explicitly stated that their top priority is to ensure comfortable and intuitive gameplay with this control scheme, while also guaranteeing proper performance across all compatible devices. Moreover, they also emphasized the importance of network stability so that players can enjoy lag-free matches during the upcoming testing phase. Finally, the team is also making great strides against cheats, and cheaters, in general, in order to provide entertainment in a fun and fair manner.
This test will only include 40 characters, among which we can find champions such as Ahri, Annie, Master Yi, Lux, Garen, Fiora, Vi, Blitzcrank, Jin, Ezreal, Janna, Soraka, and Nami, among many others. While this roster is definitely a far cry from League of Legends’ original lineup of over 140 characters, the roster for the alpha test is still varied enough to test out most gameplay styles. Whether you’re a jungler, solo top, mid, support, or ADC, you’ll be able to enjoy everything Wild Rift has to offer—assuming you get into the Alpha, that is!
As we mentioned above, the Wild Rift closed alpha is starting very soon, with invitations being sent out throughout the next few days. However, this test is restricted only to Brazil and the Philippines for now, with trials in other regions probably taking place in the future. If you’re in any of these regions, and you want to get a shot at testing Wild Rift in the upcoming alpha, make sure to visit the app’s page on the Play Store and preregister for the game.