‘League of Legends’ developers finally get serious about making a second game
The developers behind League of Legends announced that they are working on a whole new game, and this time it looks like they’re pretty serious about it.
Riot Games’ founders Brandon “Ryze” Beck and Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill revealed in a blog post Thursday they’ll be stepping away from the leadership end of Riot to go back to what brought League of Legends to life in the first place: developing games. Specifically, they’re going to “finally put the ‘s’ in Riot Games.”
League of Legends launched eight years ago this month and has since grown into a global success, becoming one of the most popular esports in existence. With that growth, Merrill and Beck noted that they have shifted from developer roles to managerial roles within Riot but feel comfortable enough with the team they’ve brought together to jump back into making games.
Exactly what kind of game the team at Riot is making, nobody knows. The only “game” the studio has released since 2009 is last year’s board game Mechs Vs. Minions, which itself is a spin-off of League of Legends.
In an extensive interview with Polygon from 2016, Beck promised that he is committed to “putting the ‘s’ in Riot Games,” which itself was a tantalizing statement over a year ago. But even that wasn’t the first time those exact words were said — Riot mentioned putting the ‘s’ in Riot Games back in 2014 too.
The move of Beck and Merrill back into development seems to solidify that statement this time around, though.
Of course, game development takes a long time, even when your company staffs more than 2,500 people (to be fair, only a portion of those would actually working on whatever new game project is going on behind closed doors), so don’t expect any big announcements in the immediate future.
The new team indefinitely in charge of Riot’s operations consists of Dylan Jadeja (CFO), Scott Gelb (CTO), and Nicolo Laurent (president).