Xbox and Riot Partnership Announced
Xbox had a big weekend as it hosted the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase – AKA ‘not E3’. Obviously, there were some pretty significant reveals for Xbox and PC gamers who were treated to Starfield gameplay, Diablo IV gameplay and a new, mysterious Hideo Kojima project, to name a few. But app gamers also got their own dose of good news in the form of an unexpected guest appearance.
Riot Games is an industry giant in its own right, dominating the esports scene with its free-to-play titles, most notably League of Legends. And with their titles being F2P, it seems somewhat counterintuitive for them to have partnered up with Xbox’s wildly successful Game Pass. But the showcase revealed an Xbox and Riot partnership deal – and it could be a stroke of genius.
The Xbox Games Pass is a subscription service that allows gamers to download a famously impressive library of games in return for their subscription. These titles include such big names as Assassin’s Creed, Halo and Sea of Thieves, and include titles on both Xbox and PC. Less common, however, are app games.
But that is set to change with this new Xbox and Riot partnership. The deal will see Riot’s flagship titles including League of Legends and Valorant on the Game Pass library – but with all champions and heroes unlocked. These are typically unlocked through a hefty amount of grinding or, of course, real-world money.
However, the partnership also includes League of Legends: Wild Rift, Legends of Runeterra and Teamfight Tactics – which are Riot’s own host of app games. The perks of downloading these with a Game Pass subscription will be as follows:
- Wild Rift will have all champions unlocked.
- Legends of Runeterra will unlock a full Foundations cardset.
- Teamfight Tactics will have a select few Little Legends unlocked.
While we have yet to receive a concrete date for when this partnership will come into effect, we can be relatively sure that we’ll see Riot’s library on the Game Pass within the year.
It also marks a significant step for Xbox who will seemingly be dipping their own toes into the app gaming market alongside the industry’s biggest fish.
For all the info on what else was announced at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase, check out the official website.
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