Arcane, the animated adaptation of League of Legends, was a smash hit and one of the greatest video game shows of all time, will Arcane Season 2 come out in 2023?
Arcane is the official animated League of Legends adaptation, following sisters Vi and Powder through the twin cities of Piltover and Zaun. It arrived on Netflix in 2021 to rave reviews from enfranchised League of Legends fans and newcomers alike. The stunningly beautiful show was made by Fortiche Productions, a French animation studio that Riot Games has announced a significant equity investment into following the first season’s success.
With the two-year anniversary of the first season quickly arriving, will Arcane Season 2 come out in 2023?
Will Arcane Season 2 arrive in 2023?
The only official announcements around Arcane’s second season have been confirmation that it’s underway and in production at Fortiche Productions shortly after the first season’s finale aired. The trailer included already-recorded dialogue from Caitlyn, Vi, and Jinx, as well as Warwick’s signature howl and champion theme.
This showed that Riot Games and Fortiche already had plans, sound effects, and dialogue recorded for the second season. Given the assembly line-nature of animation production, it’s very possible that large chunks of Arcane Season 2 were already mostly done.
Riot Games’ CEO, Nicolo Laurent, has said that Arcane’s second season wasn’t going to arrive in 2022, but made no specific comments beyond that. 2022 has come and gone and there’s been no sign of any updates on Arcane’s future. The Arcane Anniversary event in 2022 baited many fans into hoping a redacted content drop would be a teaser for the next instalment, but ended up being an expensive replica of Jinx’s wind-up monkey.
So despite more than a year passing, there’s no official sign about when Arcane will return.
What will Arcane Season 2 be about?
Arcane Season 2 has been confirmed as the final season that will follow Vi and Jinx, and the story of Piltover and Zaun. When asked to summarize the second season in one word, show runners Alex Yee and Christian Linke settled on “war.” Given that the first season ends with Jinx’s attack on the Piltover Council, that likely means war between Piltover and Zaun.
Warwick’s champion theme and signature howl in the Arcane season two trailer practically confirms that fans will get a chance to see Vi and Jinx’s adoptive father Vander in his new monstrous form. The trailer includes dialogue that suggests Caitlyn will be pursuing Jinx for her attack against the council, possibly after her mother’s death in that attack.
After Arcane Season 2, the show will depart from Piltover and Zaun to explore new locales, personalities, and events in Runeterra. It’s been officially confirmed in the Bridging The Rift series that Arcane is planned to become an anthology series, spending one or two seasons with new storylines before switching up. If it brings the show’s distinctly gorgeous style and excellent writing to other League of Legends stories, it’s sure to continue to be a hit with fans.
Arcane Season 2 release date
There’s no confirmed release date for Arcane Season 2. It’s already underway at Fortiche Productions, but has had no official confirmation outside of the announcement that it was in production. While it seems most likely that Arcane’s second season would release in 2023 or 2024, Riot Games is known for not rushing a product in order to make sure they publish a premium product.
Unless Riot Games is trying to suddenly drop Arcane out of nowhere, it can be assumed that it will release after the League of Legends World Championship final. This is when it released the first time, so fans are expecting something similar.