Legends of Runeterra artwork for the champion Garen

[Update]: Just as planned, the January 13th update has brought with it the very first co-op game mode!

As a part of the new Experimental Lab, Legends of Runeterra will be introducing a co-op vs AI game mode this January 13th. You and your partner will need to communicate and strategize through newly introduced emotes, alternate between acting as the primary attacker and defender, and do whatever it takes to make sure you fend off the Noxus invasion led by either Darius, Draven or Swain.

Before you even begin, you will be offered a selection of Champions, each of which will have a unique deck for you to explore. Naturally, every single Champion will have their own strengths and weaknesses, so choosing complementary partners and building up a shared strategy will be an important part of this new co-op mode.

To spice things up even further, these decks will also feature a variety of new and co-op focused cards that can drastically impact the course of the battle. You will be able to rally for your partner, buff and pass cards to each other, strengthen each other's defenses, and all that kind of good stuff. The same applies for each of the three enemy commanders, so expect to see some wacky new cards thrown at you!

There will be plenty of other Experimental Lab events released throughout the year, with the most popular ones having a pretty good chance of making it as a permanent feature. So whether you're into co-op challenges or not, make sure to give the new Lab a try on January 13th and offer Riot some much needed feedback.

Have fun, and you can learn a little bit more about all this co-op action over at the official website.