The hit League of Legends-based CG cartoon Arcane has been renewed by Netflix for a second season. As part of this, stars Ella Purnell (Jinx), Hailee Steinfeld (Vi), and Katie Leung (Caitlyn) have already confirmed that they will reprise their roles.
The decision comes as no surprise: the show is a hit. The first season of Arcane racked up nearly 34.2 million viewing hours in its first week on Netflix’s new top 10, making it the second-most popular TV show in any language, trailing only Narcos: Mexico (almost 50.3 million). Meanwhile, according to FlixPatrol data, the show had a global score of 654 points, topping Squid Game which had 641 points.
It didn’t take long for Netflix to approve more Arcane episodes. According to Deadline, Arcane hasn’t only been renewed for a second season, but that second season is already in production.
It’s not surprising that the show was popular. Arcane was heavily promoted by both Netflix and League creator Riot Games, to the point where LoL included multiple crossovers. Anyone even remotely interested in the game that inspired it knew about the show. And, yes, it helps that Arcane has been well received by many people. (Read: Netflix’s League of Legends show Arcane is affecting character’s pick rates in game)
The renewal does not necessarily portend the arrival of a new wave of game-inspired Netflix shows. It does, however, imply that relatively high-budget game productions have a bright future at the streaming leader. Don’t be surprised if Netflix takes more risks on projects like this in the future.
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