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League of Legends unveiled

New multiplayer battle-arena game, screens inside

Los Angeles-based indie studio Riot Games has revealed its first title, League of Legends.

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Designed by "a decorated group of developers with credits that include PC & console blockbusters, as well as part of the team that created the popular Warcraft 3 mod DotA-Allstars", League of Legends will combine elements of role-playing, strategy and competitive battle-arena style gameplay, according to the press release.

"League of Legends will bring gamers competitive battle-arena style gameplay that builds upon and expands on innovative gameplay concepts that were pioneered in DotA-Allstars, one of the most popular mods of all time," said Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games.

"The team is applying its expertise and passion to producing a game that fuses premium art and gameplay features with deep community tools."

A League of Legends beta will kick off in 2009. For now check out the first screens.

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