Riot Games, the studio behind League of Legends and Valorant, is developing a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
On Thursday, Riot’s vice president of intellectual property and entertainment, Greg Street, said on Twitter that his “recent job at Riot has been to help develop the League universe.”
“Because it is time,” Street added. “My new job is to kick off a big (some might say massive) game that many of you, and many Rioters, have been asking us to create.” When asked whether that “massive” project is an MMO, Street confirmed that it is. Polygon separately confirmed with a Riot Games representative that the company is developing an MMORPG.
It is an MMO— Greg Street (@Ghostcrawler) December 18, 2020
While Street did not provide specifics, the MMO will take place in the world of Runeterra, the same universe that League of Legends and other Riot Games titles take place in. Street’s Twitter bio says that he oversees the League of Legends property, Riot Forge, and creative for Arcane, the League animated series. Street worked for Blizzard as a lead systems designer for World of Warcraft from 2008 until 2013, so he’s no newbie to the MMORPG scene.
In the last two years, Riot Games has released multiple new games, including a digital card game, an autobattler game mode for League, and a first-person shooter. The company’s 10th anniversary stream also showcased the upcoming fighting game, and an action-RPG that both use League of Legends characters. Neither of these projects have gotten public updates since the 10th anniversary showcase.
Back in 2018, Riot Games co-founder Marc Merrill tweeted asking if the company should work on a League of Legends MMO, but later said that it would not happen anytime soon. Since then, jokes about a League MMO have stuck around, but now it’s all confirmed.