Riot co-founder asks the Twitterverse whether it should build an MMO

    
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Your game still has loads of cultural issues, though, let's just lay that on the line.

In today’s installment of Was This A Joke Or Not Theater, it seems that the co-founder of Riot Games (maker of League of Legends, don’t you know) asked fans on Twitter if Riot should make an MMO. Was it a serious question? Entirely unclear! Fans went all across the board in terms of their responses, ranging from enthusiastic to guarded to mocking.

Major design goals like that are generally not decided on via Twitter, nor do they hinge on an informal Twitter poll. At the same time, it’s a known fact that the gentleman in question stepped down from his role in administration in order to work more closely with the company, and Riot has both the staff and the online experience to make it plausible. So will it happen? We don’t know. Maybe it should be a Twtiter poll of some kind, to… oh, wait, we get it.

Source: Twitter via MMORPG.com
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Bryan Turner

Haven’t they only made less than a dozen tiny maps in 10 years, how would they be able to make an MMO; they should try something more in their wheel house perhaps making something on the scale of GW2 WvWvW since their strengths are more in the area of class balance in PVP?

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semugh

just put more PVE and third person camera in LOL and be done with it.

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Michael18

1. Can’t imagine he would ask this if they were not working on an MMO. I mean, why tease an MMO, only to later announce some other game? All you could achieve by that is making the actual project look second best in many people’s eyes.

2. A full-blown MMO is definitely the biggest game design challenge a game dev can aspire atm. And Riot surely have some ambitious folks among their ranks.

Anyway, just the thought we might soon have 2 or even 3 AAA MMOs to look forward too (even if they might not be exactly what I’m waiting for in terms of setting, features, mechanics) makes me all giddy with excitement :)

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Bryan Turner

Which games New World and the rumored Diablo MMO, does Anthem count?

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Michael18

New World, Riot’s MMO (let’s count that as officially announced, lol) and maybe some other we don’t know of, yet.

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mike foster

uhhh

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Sally Bowls

I think the main reason for a large company to make an mmorpg is because they lack the impulse control to not.

I hope they do, but would doubt it is wise.

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Matthäus Wey

Not just an MMO an MMORPG would be great… with a stable engine.

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Sorenthaz

And preferably a seamless world since too many MMOs these days have their zones cut up into sections.

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Jack Pipsam

Riot is such a large company, that it makes sense that they’re working on something else behind the scenes.

Hopefully this isn’t just teasing, but a hint of something already in work.
I don’t have any interest in the LoL-verse, but if they’re going to invest in creating a full on MMORPG, i’ll make it my business to become interested.

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Sorenthaz

Just gonna copy-paste what I said on the subreddit.

1. Riot has still yet to produce a second game since League of Legends outside of minigames and a board game. LoL seems to be pretty obviously declining in popularity in the West at least, so a second game is becoming necessary.

2. They’ve supposedly been working on a new game for at least a few years now. Rumor was it was going to be a team shooter jumping on that train that ended up being only successful for Overwatch and Paladins.

3. There’s been a pretty big MMO drought in terms of AAA MMOs, pretty much the only releases to get hyped about have been Korean PvP grinders (Bless, ArcheAge, Black Desert) or Kickstarter/crowdfunded niche MMOs that are still in the works (Camelot Unchained, Crowfall, Ashes of Creation, etc.).

4. Obviously they’ve got some former MMO developer talent over at Riot. I.e. Ghostcrawler being the big face behind World of Warcraft during Wrath of the Lich King and up through Mists of Pandaria.

5. Runeterra’s a big enough world to make into an MMO or use for other games, and that would allow them to dive deeper into the world/lore since a MOBA obviously doesn’t let them really do a whole lot with the actual world. This would also make a bit more sense as to why they’d be rewriting the lore to better incorporate a fantasy world.

A lot of LoL’s success came from it managing to be out in the right place at the right time as well as being the only MOBA that appealed to folks on a more casual level compared to its competition (at the time). At this point folks would kill for a new AAA MMO that has more modern day graphics and isn’t just a WoW clone. Whatever AAA studio takes advantage of the opportunity could probably do well if they don’t rush a product out and stuff it with cashgrabby shenanigans.

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Robert Mann

Why not indeed. If they want to build one, do a solid job, and support it, then I wish them success. As always. I may not feel inspired or confident based on the setup they decide upon, and I may or may not be interested… but there’s always room for more games and especially more variety in what is being developed!

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Vaeris

Why not? I mean, there’s 98% chance they would make something that I wouldn’t even remotely be interested in which obviously hasn’t stopped developers thus far, lol!