It’s somehow already been a year since Riot launched Teamfight Tactics, its take on the auto-battler genre. In a developer video on Aug. 6, the studio revealed its Teamfight Tactics plans for the remainder of 2020, and part of 2021.
First, the studio spoke about the upcoming Set 4. Teamfight Tactics resets every few months, adding in a whole new roster of units for players to learn. The current set, Set 3, has a space theme. But Set 4 looks to take things back down to earth.
In its tease, Riot mentioned skin lines like Blood Moon and Spirit Blossom — both of which take inspiration from Japanese folktales and history.
Riot revealed several upcoming champions-turned-units during the Set 4 tease:
- Spirit Blossom Yasuo
- God Fist Lee Sin
- Warring Kingdoms Azir
- Firecracker Jinx
- Blood Moon Elise
- Sacred Sword Janna
Riot will conclude Set 3 with a world championship on Sept. 3-4. Later in September, the studio will launch the fourth set, with a mid-set update coming early next year. Set 4 will last a total of six months, with Set 5 coming sometime in April 2021.
The studio revealed plans for some new Teamfight Tactics features as well. The studio currently plans to add a Spectator Mode, to make the game easier to watch, but doesn’t have a date for when it will launch. It’s also working on a new Teamfight Tactics mode. The studio plans to launch at least one new game mode early next year.
Over the next six months, Riot will continue to improve the mobile version of Teamfight Tactics, eventually creating parody between phones and PC. Players should expect features like match history, chat, and in-app patch notes on phones by early 2021.
Riot also plans on adding a new currency for Teamfight Tactics, making it easier for players to upgrade their Little Legends (cosmetic avatar’s for players). Currently, the only way to level up a Little Legend from one star, to two, and eventually three stars is to collect the same Little Legend from blind boxes.
In the future, players can use a new currency called Starshards to level up Little Legends they already own. Players can purchase Starshards directly, or earn them in the premium version of the battle pass. Riot announced it will make more Little Legends available for direct purchase, rather than blind box.
Finally, the studio is working on new skins for the in-game arena. These new skins will react to the game, like celebrating win streaks or Champion upgrades.
Riot will likely start unveiling the Set 4 units in early September.