The League of Legends franchise will soon be making its first foray into Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games, according to a Riot Games executive.
The announcement was made in a rather unusual way, with the vice president of intellectual property over at Riot casually tweeting that he is hiring for a new project that will build on the universe of the popular MOBA and when asked if it will be an MMO, just outright confirmed it.
There was no teaser trailer to hint at what Riot’s new game could be, no concept art or press release shared. There is just one tweet confirming that a LoL MMO is on its way.
It is no secret that Riot is intent on expanding the League of Legends universe, with a whole new publishing arm, Riot Forge, created for the sole purpose of releasing bespoke League of Legends games by third-party developers. One of Riot Forge’s first projects announced is Ruined King, a turn-based RPG set in Runeterra that’s coming to consoles and PC in 2021. There is even Arcane, an animated LoL TV series.
Based on all this, plus the newly announced MMO, we can see just how committed Riot is to building on the League of Legends brand and on expanding the universe the game is set in. We can’t wait to see how the MMO turns out.
Currently, the franchise is spearheaded by the main MOBA, with spinoff games in Legends of Runeterra and League of Legends: Wild Rift currently available for PC and mobile devices (mobile only for the latter).