Renewed or Canceled – will there be an Arcane Season 2? Or we Riot (Games)
Most video game adaptations are, in a word, garbage, which makes the phenomenal success of Arcane even more surprising. Based on Riot Games’ League of Legends, a not-particularly-mainstream property, and brought to life by the French production company Fortiche, the nine episodes of Arcane‘s first season have captivated fans and newcomers alike across the last three weeks. (Netflix’s unusual distribution strategy of releasing three batches of three episodes loosely collected as “Acts” turned out to be a masterstroke.) With the final act having just been released and the finale having left things on a pretty major cliffhanger, fans are clamoring for news about a potential Arcane Season 2. But is there going to be one?
Will there be an Arcane Season 2? Renewed or canceled status
Update: Netflix and Riot Games confirmed at a fan event that a second season has been greenlit and is in production.
Ready yourselves, friends. Season 2 of Arcane is now in production. pic.twitter.com/L9oYFzOn0X
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) November 21, 2021
“We’re beyond happy about the positive response to Arcane’s first season and are working hard with the creative wizards at Riot and Fortiche to deliver our second installment,” said Arcane co-creators Christian Linke and Alex Yee.
Original article: As of right now, we just don’t know. But, we can definitely speculate, and all available evidence seems to suggest that Netflix won’t just let this one die out.
As mentioned above, League of Legends isn’t exactly a household name. But it’s absurdly popular in certain circles, and Riot Games are beloved as a player-first development studio. There is tremendous potential in the IP, the game continues to go from strength to strength, and that, alone, would have stood further adaptations in good stead. But Arcane has another advantage — it was a massive success on its own terms.
According to Netflix’s own “Top 10” stats page, Arcane was watched for a cumulative 34,000,000+ hours in its first week, putting it in a strong second place for that timeframe behind only Narcos: Mexico Season 3, the final blowout season of a well-established franchise. On Rotten Tomatoes, it currently has a 100% Critic Rating based on 15 reviews and a 98% Audience Rating based on 1479. That’s a crazy level of success for an esoteric IP, and the fact there’s little to no discrepancy between professional critics and the general audience suggests that everyone likes Arcane. And that isn’t the kind of reception that Netflix are likely to ignore.
As ever, we’ll keep this page updated with news as soon as we get it, but while the future of Arcane currently remain unconfirmed, it certainly seems pretty bright to me.