Riot Games’ unnamed MMORPG lost its lead this week, with executive producer Greg Street announcing his departure from the project and the company due to “a combination of personal and professional considerations”. Street has been with Riot Games for nine years and has previously worked on major franchises including Age of Empires and World of Warcraft.
The MMO set in League of Legends’ Runeterra world was announced by Street in late 2020 when hiring for the project, and details about the game have been slim since then. Street has spoken candidly on Twitter about the development process from time to time, saying the MMO may not be released if he doesn’t meet Riot’s strict standards, plus promises he will respect the time of his players.
Street said the decision to leave Riot was due to both personal and professional reasons, explaining that he “suffered devastating personal losses in the last year and want to be closer to my surviving family.” Street added that he plans to stay in game development and is currently considering multiple opportunities.
But while I was on break, I thought a lot about my career. Grief has a way of really emphasizing what matters most to you (but still wouldn’t recommend it overall). And after nine years at Riot, I feel like it’s time to move on to something new!
— Rue Greg (@Ghostcrawler) March 7, 2023
The thread ends by reassuring those worried about the fate of the MMO League of Legends, with Street stating that “the most important work I can do as part of [building a League of Legends MMO] was to build an amazing team.” He promises that the project is now in good hands and will “be with all of you playing the Riot MMO when it comes out.”
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