Riot Games continues to tease the possibility of an MMORPG

    
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What is Riot Games up to these days? The League of Legends studio is intentionally stirring up community interest over its future plans, first teasing the possibility of developing an MMO and then later laughing it off.

But here’s a thought: What if this is actually happening? Many people seem to think that Riot Games is hinting at secret projects in the works, and a new interview with Variety seems to indicate that an MMO might be one of these. At the very least, the studio confirmed that it is “exploring lots of different games” with its research and development department.

“The [MMO] tweet was a bit controversial internally,” Riot Co-Founder Marc Merrill said. “Absolutely there was some risk, we may never deliver on that question, on the other hand, it is so validating and exciting to have players’ minds focused on what could come.”

He declined to affirm or deny if an MMORPG was in the works, saying instead, “I’m not going to answer that directly. The question that is really interesting and relevant is, ‘What does the future of MMOs look like?’ I think we have a view, others have a view, players have a view. World of Warcraft continues to be a dominating game. There is a really good argument that going head-to-head with WoW may not be the best move, but who knows. We’re exploring a lot of stuff, thinking about a lot of stuff.”

Source: Variety
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Keida Sotiri

A while ago, I believe it was Ghost Crawler, talked about making a more combat focused game, as he felt many focused a lot on story at the expense of game play; however, it was also stated at the time it was not going to be Riot’s next game (most likely). It was more of a far into the future sort of thing. An MMORPG focused more on combat already separates itself from WoW, and lacks a Western game, given combat focused RPGs are either primarily single player or a Korean MMORPG.

WoW being as big as it is has little to do with someone failing to do so and all to do with no one really trying. How many MMORPGs are sold in the West and are actually developed by/for the West? The vast majority have been KR/Ch/Jp with the base game being primarily focused on their market with little to no changes for Westerners. This is mainly why I would actually like it if Riot worked on an MMORPG, I like the genre, but didn’t enjoy WoW; which leaves me the option of either not playing MMORPGs, or going with one of the countless Asian MMORPGs that are frustrating in some fashion.

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Matthäus Wey

WoW is still massive but I think its overrated these days. Many other MMORPGs are also strong and have a relatively large active player base.

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Celestia

I’ve never been a fan of MOBA games, but I’d love to see what they could cook up with an MMO based in their IP.

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Robert Mann

Then… maybe you shouldn’t have burnt bridges by saying “Oh, that was a joke!” You could have responded with a thank you to people for their opinions, or in some other way noted that you looked at the feedback that came in. Regardless of whether you made an MMO after that, you would have had people with vested interest in your discussion.

Instead, you royally irked a large portion of your potential MMO audience, some of whom will remember and avoid your products based on how you treat people.

Filed under “Shooting yourself in the foot.”

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John Kiser

Going head to head with WoW is a problem and has been for a long time. It’s the idea that you are going head to head or competing with WoW that is really the problem though. You aren’t going to get that crowd ultimately as they care very little about the MMORPG genre as a whole and just continually play just WoW as far as MMORPGs go. Yeah they’ll “try” another mmorpg, but they will always find some excuse to go back to WoW.

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Marko Zivkovic

WoW is not F2P, as long as they make a good F2P MMORPG it can go head to head with WoW.

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JBNL

Going ‘head to head’ with WoW is possibly the worst thing you can do.
How many MMO’s have vied for that cxrown and gone bust over years ? More than I probably care to remember or even l know of.

There’s likely much more to gain from making a game that can stand on its own strengths rather than chanting the mantra “yes but we do it better than WoW does”.

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Bruno Brito

Going ‘head to head’ with WoW is possibly the worst thing you can do.

Agreed.

Don’t go head to head then? MMOs can survive this market. We should just stop trying to aim for WoW, since WoW will kill itself, and focus on other mechanics. Go head to head with GW2. Way better.

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semugh

they have experience in that arena.

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Bruno Brito

“Riot Games”.

Which only have one game.

Well, that’s your chance, Riot. But considering the way they balance stuff ( Blizzard-like ), i may end up actually regretting them making such a game.

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JBNL

They have one game released.
What they have hidden away in their development environment or floating around as ideas nobody but them knows.

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rogbarz

hopefully not another card game -.-

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Bruno Brito

Still only one game.

Quite funny considering they’re a company called Riot Game’S’.