Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, will soon finally have something else to offer aside from the massively successful MOBA.
The success of League of Legends over the past decade has allowed Riot Games to grow into an international studio with 20 offices around the world and more than 2,500 employees. However, it appears that it is time for the company to take on its second project after the MOBA.
Riot Games To Work On Second Game
Brandon "Ryze" Beck and Marc "Tryndamere" Merrill, the co-founders of Riot Games, said in a press release that they have been busy with managing League of Legends to nurture its growth. However, the pair is now handing over management duties to CFO Dylan Jadeja, CTO Scott Gelb, and president Nicolo Laurent so that they can go back to doing what they think is the most important thing that they do: making great games.
"We are thrilled to be able to have a great team of such capable leaders and look forward to working with them to finally put the 's' in Riot Games," Beck and Merrill wrote.
The company has previously mentioned about working on a new title in 2014, with Beck also saying in 2016 that Riot Games will soon start developing its next game. With the shift in management duties, it appears that Riot Games is finally serious about making its second game.
If Riot Games is just starting development on its second game, fans of the company might have to wait a while before the title is released as making a game takes a long time, even for an international studio that Riot Games has become.
What Could The New Riot Games Project Be About?
Beck and Merrill did not give any hints on what kind of game they are thinking of working on, but there might be some clues to the next Riot Games project.
League of Legends has given Riot Games a significant amount of experience on a competitive and co-operative title that incorporates elements of strategy games and RPGs. The company might use some or even most of what they learned with League of Legends for its next game.
Last year, Riot Games acquired Radiant Entertainment, which was working on sandbox strategy game Stonehearth and fighting game Rising Thunder at the time. Stonehearth continued development under Radiant but Rising Thunder was shelved after the purchase. Could Riot Games be taking Rising Thunder's progress and develop a fighting game of its own?
There has also been a lot of interest in mobile MOBA titles, including League of Legends copycat Mobile Legends. Will Riot Games look to release its own mobile MOBA game to take over the genre?
There are so many possibilities for the next Riot Games project, but all we can do right now is to wait for the company's official announcement on how it plans to follow up the success of League of Legends.