Arcane Season 2 – Lore, Updates, Release Date & Everything we know
After a great debut season in November 2021, Arcane League of Legends Season 2 will have to live up to even higher expectations this time around. As soon as it hit Netflix, Riot Games’ animated series became a fan-favorite, winning various awards, including The Game Award for Best Adaptation in the 2022 edition.
Now that 2022 is finally over, the anticipated Arcane season 2 should be coming in 2023. While we wait for some official news from Riot, let’s go over everything we know so far about the second season, ranging from its expected release date, storyline, cast members, and much more!
If you haven’t watched Arcane Season 1, there might be some spoilers in the following section so be aware. On the other hand, if you want to know more about the behind-the-scenes, check out how Riot and Arcane were connected with Runeterra.
Arcane Season 2 Release Date
Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent publicly announced that Season 2 wasn’t coming until 2023. Now that ’23 is here, we will likely get some updates on the project.
Arcane League of Legends season 2 currently doesn’t have a confirmed release date. Having said that, we know that Riot began working on the sequel shortly after the first season was released.
Two months ago, Rioter Christian Linke, while answering an AMA on Reddit, confirmed that all scripts had been written, but tweaks were made in the process to perfect them. It seems like Riot is pushing hard to have Arcane season 2 released this year, but it presumably won’t be ready in the first half of the year.
So, when will Arcane season 2’s release date be revealed? To keep the expectations not too high, it’s probably around mid-2023, before the start of summer. With this in mind, we have to hope that we can get more confirmations soon.
Arcane Season 2 Cast: Who’s taking part?
It’s pretty obvious that the three main characters will have the same voiceover in the sequel unless something unexpected happens. These characters are also the only ones confirmed so far in Season 2:
- Ella Purnell as Jinx
- Hailee Steinfeld as Vi
- Katie Leung as Caitlyn
With the explosive Season 1 finale, there are a lot of question marks regarding who will be part of season 2. The characters and consequently, the voiceovers, will depend largely on which arcane council members survive the attack in Piltover. Arcane council members league of legends are:
- Jayce Talis (interim head)
- Cassandra Kiramman
- Mel Medarda
We know that Jayce should survive and we think that Mel and/or Cassandra could be the two casualties from the attack. They will be joining Silco, Vander, and Marcus among the victims in the series. Aside from them, though, there isn’t information regarding the other members.
It’s likely that Heimerdinger, Ekko, and Viktor should be present, with new faces introduced somewhere in season 2. One of them might be League of Legends’ champion Warwick, which was part of the last teaser. Currently, however, there is no news on who might voice the half-werewolf and half-machine character.
Arcane Season 2 Plot & Storyline
Season 1 of Arcane took place in both Piltover and Zaun. The two cities are mirror images of one another, with Piltover being the rich one and Zaun the undercity district. With the suspense left in the finale, Arcane season 2 will likely pick up where it left off. Having said that, the sequel might expand further into the world of Runeterra, with Noxus being one of the new regions involved, especially considering that there might have been a hint at Swain in the first season in the form of his ravens.
We previously mentioned that Warwick might be one of the future arcane League of Legends characters and, based on the trailer, he is directly linked with Singed. The mad chemist might become an important character in the upcoming season so keep an eye out for him…
Apart from the involvement of new characters, there’s also a lot to cover about the characters from the first season. Now that Jinx carried out a terrorist attack on the council, Jayce might decide to not keep his promise of giving Zaun its independence, especially if Mel, who is Jayce’s partner, dies. Similarly, if Cassandra doesn’t make it out alive as well, the daughter Caitlyn might want to avenge her and pursue Jinx.
Vi, in turn, will be the one to make a decision: will she help her sister or help Caitlyn for justice? This will be a key part of the plot.
Plot hints during Arcane AMA & Interviews
In the same Reddit AMA, Christian Linke mentioned “war” as a summary of season 2’s story. Given Jinx’s attack, we might witness a full blowout between Zaun and Piltover. According to Linke, he said we will also get more interactions between her and Ekko. Furthermore, we might also learn more about the rivalry between Jayce and Viktor and his transition into mechanical augmentations using Hextech.
Jayce’s voice actor Kevin Alejandro said in an interview with Buzzfeed that: Arcane season 2 will keep fans “on the edge of their seats” and that “you’re going to be conflicted in such a way that I don’t know if it’s good or bad. Like, your emotions will be pulled out of you and you’ll be like ‘Oh my god!’ That’s how you’re going to end [Season 2]. It’s so good!”
Given his admiration for the series and the fact that he thinks Arcane “is one of the coolest things” he’s ever been part of, we can be pretty sure that he’s going to put his all into transmitting those emotions.
Overall, Arcane is set to have a chaotic but thrilling sequel. With so much on the table still left to be uncovered, season 2 might deliver something that will surpass the first season. That said, fans will have to wait a little longer… but maybe not that much.