League of Legends developer Riot Games has joked before about putting the ‘S’ back into ‘Riot Games’ and it seems that there is some work happening behind the scenes to get this done. Riot co-founder Marc Merrill says the studio plans to release a few big games every decade, hoping to be known as more than just the creators of League of Legends.
Not that League players would mind, they seem to enjoy the hyper-focus on the audience and the game goes from strength to strength with more lore, character redesigns and enough additions and changes to keep players going back for more.
The plan is for some of the games to be based in the League universe if there is an overlap of potential audience. “We need to develop games that will resonate with a particular audience and focus on the gameplay first, then the IP needs to support that game.”
Merrill wants to keep the audience focus for other titles, knowing that it is a big part of why League is a success. “Like with League of Legends we’re not going to try and please everyone or do things even oriented to a mass market. We think of League of Legends as a niche market that’s really focused.”
Sadly Merrill doesn’t mention what games Riot is working on, hinting in a very broad way: “Looking at anything you would imagine a pretty hardcore gamer would say, ‘I wish Riot would make an X game.’ We’ve either looked at it or are actively working on it.”
Source: PC Gamer