Remember last summer when Riot Games co-founder Marc Merrill teased Twitter by asking whether the company should make an MMO? Then, just as people were getting excited, Riot said he was just joking. And then Merrill gave an interview that persisted in suggesting the idea, asking what the future of MMOs looks like and wondering whether “going head-to-head with WoW may not be the best move.”
The conversation died after that, largely because a few weeks later journalists blew the lid off Riot’s gross sexism problems, which dominated the company for months.
The topic resurfaced on Reddit this week, though, thanks to a thread where LOL players have been speculating on Riot’s plans for the 10-year-anniversary. When some players begged for a “huge open world game set in Runeterra,” a Riot rep shot it down:
“We’re for sure not doing this, sorry. There’s no League MMO in development. We are doing things though.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean the studio’s not working on an MMO with a different franchise, or a non-MMO set in LOL. The vehement denial could be a clue too. Who knows.