Riot Games is apparently gearing up to develop an MMORPG set in the League of Legends universe. The news was nonchalantly offered up last night by a Riot VP, who posted a few short messages on Twitter.
The announcement was dropped by Greg Street, Vice President of IP and Entertainment at Riot Games. His first post simply mentioned he was hiring for a new game at Riot – and that the game would be “massive.” Immediately, fans began speculating about what this new game would be, and whether Street was claiming his next game was an MMORPG.
A bit later he jumped back into the conversation, writing “It is an MMO.”
That’s a low-key way to announce a long-requested game, but we’ll take what we can get. There’s no specific details about the coming title – although the MMORPG claim has since been confirmed – but League of Legends fans are no doubt excited about this development.
Street has focused on Riot Forge and Arcane during his time at Riot Games, but he has extensive experience in the world of MMOs. In fact, he worked on World of Warcraft for five years as the lead systems designer before leaving the studio. If anyone at Riot was going to get to work on an MMO, this is the person to lead the charge.
Riot Games has been busy the past few years, releasing several titles beyond League of Legends. Legends of Runeterra continues to thrive, Teamfight Tactics is one of the best autochess games on the market, and even Valorant is putting up impressive numbers. No doubt an MMO from the studio would be of interest to a large portion of the gaming population, especially diehard MMO fans who haven’t had many good choices over the past few years. Beyond the long-running World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls Online, and Black Desert, pickings are slim for a modern MMO experience.
Hopefully we hear more about the project in the coming weeks – and hopefully it’s in the form of an actual press release.
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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.
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