League of Legends developer Riot Games has established a new publishing group allowing third-party developers to create new games within its IP. Announced last night, Riot Forge aims to facilitate the creation of “bespoke, completable,” games set in the League of Legends universe.
According to Riot comms lead Bret Forbus on Twitter, the new projects will be “single-player/story-driven games.” A FAQ on the company's website says that titles will be developed by “experienced” but as-yet unannounced partner studios. In many cases, it sounds as though we’re a way out from official announcements, but according to Geoff Keighley, at least one Riot Forge game will be shown off at The Game Awards next week.
Just announced at #RiotNaCCXP - Riot Forge is our indie publishing arm, working with 3rd party developers to bring single-player / story-driven games in the Runeterra universe to all of you! Hyped for the future! https://t.co/H5xkMWrjhL
— Bret Forbus (@RiotAshekandi) December 5, 2019
With a universe as expansive as League of Legends, it’s almost impossible to even speculate what Riot Forge will churn out. There’s opportunities for everything from the arcade-style games that Riot has developed in the past to full-fledged experiences in classic genres.
Riot Forge’s games will be separate from Riot Games’ offerings over the next few years. Earlier this year, the developer announced a series of number of new titles, including a fighting game, an FPS, and CCG Legends of Runeterra. Those are all being made in-house, and with a whole new publishing company now attached, it’s looking like a good time to be a League of Legends fan.