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Riot Games is currently hiring for a "massive" new project, which we've just learned will be a massively multiplayer online game (or MMO) set in the League Of Legends universe. This... could actually be really, really awesome.
The company's VP of IP and Entertainment Greg Street took to Twitter to confirm the news in alarmingly casual fashion last night. In an age where most announcements are teased for months at a time, it was kind of refreshing to see Street simply drop the bombshell that an MMO based on a staggeringly popular IP was in development. More of this kind of reveal, please.
"My recent job at Riot has been to help develop the League universe, which we're going to need! Because it is time," he wrote. "My new job is to kick off a big (some might say massive) game that many of you, and many Rioters, have been asking us to create."
A fan then asked Street if he was playfully teasing an MMO, to which he replied yes, "it is an MMO". There we go. Or MMGO, if you will.
I have news!
My recent job at Riot has been to help develop the League universe, which we're going to need!
Because it is time. My new job is to kick off a big (some might say massive) game that many of you, and many Rioters, have been asking us to create.
PS We're hiring
- Greg Street (@Ghostcrawler) December 18, 2020
Following this, PC Gamer obtained a response from Riot Games which read: "Greg's tweet is our only official statement at this time. I can confirm that he will be working on a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG)."
"I would love to make an MMO, but just to manage expectations, if we were to do something like that it wouldn't be any time soon," Riot CEO Marc Merrill told YouTuber Travis Gafford (via Dot Esports) last year. He added that shipping an MMO is like "shipping a freaking rocket-it's so much work, it's so hard to do, and we would really try to do it justice, and that's not easy."
In other words, don't expect to hear anything more on this project for a while. Still, it certainly sounds like Riot Games is committed to getting this right and delivering the League Of Legends MMO that fans have literally been dreaming about for years now. No pressure guys. No pressure at all.
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