The League of Legends MMO has been rumored since 2020 after Riot Games lead designer Greg Street proclaimed on Twitter that he was very happy with his new role and that big things were coming to the League of Legends universe. League of Legends. When asked by a commenter if it was an MMO, the answer was simply “it’s an MMO”. It’s not hard to see how this has caused some confusion in the community – with one of the world’s biggest game developers announcing arguably their biggest project via a reply to a tweet.
As of that day in 2020, no further information was given about the project, until a fairly large thread was tweeted on August 1. It’s Greg again, clearing up some frustrations over the lack of information and explaining why the project was announced so quietly.
“The ad was our CEO’s idea. We thought it made sense to advertise quietly to help with recruiting (we need a lot of MMO veterans), to get players excited, and because we thought it would probably leak anyway.
“A lot of times in this business you’re worried that someone’s going to grab you,” he continues, “but that’s harder to do with an MMO. Everyone knows more or less how to make one. The challenge is to doing it, and the enormous cost and time it takes.
“The other big risk of announcing early is maintaining momentum. It’s hard to keep players engaged and excited for years. They could become impatient with the trickle of information, or even worse, interpret the normal rhythm of development as something gone wrong.
The disappointing announcement was aimed at relieving potential pressure on the team and facilitating recruitment. I’m not sure there’s a way to lower expectations with one of the hottest fanbases on the planet – it’s only served to plant a small seed of what’s to come. Left with more questions than answers, the community has been told to wait and see what they come up with.
“We want the ability to make massive pivots if the feedback isn’t what we were hoping to hear, even if it means delaying the game. It’s worth making sure the game exceeds your expectations, which are already pretty high, I might add.
The idea of not leaking any information gives the production team almost endless leeway if things don’t go quite the way they want. Games in the past have released trailers on day one, and then when this game finally comes out, things will inevitably be different. Fans and media alike are pouring over these early game materials, tearing them apart and analyzing everything – the developers almost always come under fire for “missing content” (Cyberpunk 2077, we’re looking at you).
That’s all we have for now, with Greg basically telling us to “watch this space”. Personally, I’m looking forward to whatever Riot has for us in the future – I’ll just have to keep my Rift excitement contained for now. The League of Legends Update 12.15 the notes are here if you want to follow the changes Riot is making to their already released project. It also couldn’t hurt to check how much you spent in league of legends until now, you might have to save up for those unavoidable MMO cosmetics.