Remember that tweet that Marc Merrill sent out a little under a week ago… the one that had us all going, “Oh, Wait… Is Riot going to make a League of Legends MMO?”? Well, then you’ll probably also remember he later told Variety that that wasn’t necessarily the case. In fact, he said he was just trying to “encourage players to think of what Riot’s long-term goals could look like.”
When I updated the original post about that I noted that apparently there was no LoL MMO in the works… “at least for now”. Because honestly, I don’t buy that they haven’t at least toyed with the idea. The lore is there, they have the money. Yes, the success of such an endeavor is questionable. But isn’t that true of any game?
So, at this point, it’s kind of not a surprise that the MMO thing is being discussed again… this time in Venturebeat… and that Marc isn’t exactly saying there won’t be a Riot made MMO. He’s just not also saying there will be one. When asked if Riot is currently working on an MMORPG, his response was that he wasn’t “going to answer that directly.”
“The question that is really interesting and relevant is: ‘What does the future of MMOs look like?’ I think we have a view, others have a view, [and] players have a view. World of Warcraft continues to be a dominating game. There is a really good argument that going head-to-head with World of Warcraft may not be the best move, but who knows. We’re exploring a lot of stuff; thinking about a lot of stuff.”
So, there you have it. We don’t know if a League (or any other) MMO will be coming out of Riot any time soon — if ever. But what we do know is that they’ve put a lot of thought into the idea in the offices. So, once again. It’s not entirely off the table.
In other news — while I have you here — Riot published a post on their blog detailing the new Nexus Blitz mode. The mode will be part of the new Experimental Modes program which allows players to test out new ways to play the game. This particular mode lasts about 15 minutes. Each team will consist of a duo jungle and three laners. The maps are smaller, meaning they’ll all be closer to one another. It should be a nice addition for players looking to play in shorter bursts on occasion.