The League of Legends universe is getting even bigger. Not content with expanding the game in-house, Riot has created a new publishing group specifically designed to work with third-party developers who want to create League spin-offs.
In an embargoed press release, Riot explained that Riot Forge would be "working with proven third party developers to create never seen before games that expand on the League of Legends universe". Riot didn't explain what developers it would be working with, but it did say that Riot Forge would "focus on developing completable game experiences, while complementing the live service games being developed internally by Riot Games".
In other words, Riot Forge games won't be concentrating on other games as a service-style offerings. Curiously, it's also not going to focus on the world of board games or tabletop, according to a quote given to PC World Australia.
"As of now, Riot Forge does not cover things like tabletop and board gaming," Riot Forge head Leanne Loombe told PC World, even though Riot has already made a highly successful entry into the world of board games with Mechs vs. Minions.
The announcement comes at a useful time for Riot with the company earlier this week paying a $US10 million settlement over the gender discrimination lawsuit, the largest in California's history. That suit was the byproduct of a lengthy investigation from Kotaku into the company's culture, which culminated in the company publicly reworking their company values, having their culture reassessed by consultants, a rework of their hiring and promotion processes, and the elevation of more women into leadership roles.
As for Riot Forge, the developer said that the publishing group already had "multiple titles in development" that would complement "the multiple new titles" shown off earlier this year, including League of Legends: Wild Rift, the Project A competitive FPS, Legends of Runeterra, and more. No release date or ETA was provided for when the titles might be released.
You asked, Tencent asked, and finally it's here. League of Legends is coming to consoles and mobiles, and it's called Wild Rift.