In a somewhat surprising announcement, MOBA titan Riot Games is working on a new title, and it’s a fighting game. The new title was teased at EVO 2019, with the reveal raising some questions about what the game might actually be.
It turns out that Riot will be working with Radiant Entertainment, the same company whom Riot bought in 2016, to create said game. For a bit of background, Riot purchased Radiant Entertainment at the same time that the developer was mid-progress on Rising Thunder. Rising Thunder was a free-to-play robot-fighting game that we haven’t heard about in quite a while. The title had gotten an alpha release, but not much else since the Riot acquisition.
Now it seems Rising Thunder like will get somewhat of a rebirth as a new game of some kind. We all really expected this would happen, it would make no sense to just abandon a property that Riot had ostensibly paid millions of dollars for. And judging from what little we saw of the game, it actually looked pretty solid and fun.
Speaking on the topic during EVO, co-founder of EVO and studio Radiant Entertainment, Tom Cannon, had the following to say: “Back in 2016 when we joined forces with Riot, I said that we would go in the hole for a while,” Cannon explained. “The reason why we did Rising Thunder in the first place, is that we felt like fighting games deserve to be enjoyed by way more people.”
We will obviously have to wait quite a while to see more of this new fighting game, as Cannon said that the game won’t be out for quite a while.