Riot Games has been busy putting out titles of every genre imaginable over the past couple of years. The one thing most League of Legends fans have wished for historically, however, is an MMO. Well, everybody stay calm. It’s happening.
In a tweet sent yesterday evening, Riot’s VP of IP and entertainment, Greg ‘Ghostcrawler’ Street, casually dropped the news that a “big (some might say massive) game” is on the way – this was later confirmed by Ghostcrawler to be an MMO. Although Runeterran lore has been steadily growing for some time now, it is clear that more needs to be done to facilitate a universe of this scale. As such, the second part of Ghostcrawler’s announcement is that the team behind this new project is now taking on new members.
The idea of a LoL-based MMO to rival the likes of World of Warcraft has been floated within the community for several years now. Riot co-chairman Marc ‘Tryndamere’ Merrill even nonchalantly put the question to players – receiving a wildly positive response in return – back in 2018. Last year, however, Tryndamere told esports journalist Travis Gafford that, despite his desire to make an MMO, it wouldn’t be any time soon.
Regardless of what has changed between that time and now, members of the community are elated by the news. Even WoW streaming star ‘Asmongold’ responded. “Don’t you play games with me, Greg,” he tweets. “I’m nervous, but I’m quite excited.” LEC giant G2 Esports was also quick to react, attaching a picture of its notorious WoW connoisseur, Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen.
League MMO? pic.twitter.com/GCxzcu3tJK
— G2 Esports (@G2esports) December 18, 2020
We can’t wait to see how the new LoL MMO shapes up, though with a game of this magnitude it will undoubtedly take a considerable amount of time before we hear anything more substantial on it.