Riot MMO Producer Promises Not To Ship The Game If It’s Bad

In 2020, Riot Games confirmed that it is making an MMO when the project’s executive producer Greg Street casually tweeted that he was leading the project. This kind of low-key game ad is a small trend right now – Blizzard recently soft announced a survival game– but it also turns out that Street is just a pretty unprotected tweeter. Case in point: Riot’s PR department probably wouldn’t want to say without warning that the studio’s big MMO isn’t guaranteed to release, but that’s something tweeted street In early April.

On a follow-up post series today, Street said his comment was misinterpreted by “some gamers and media” to mean that the MMO’s development was going badly. In fact, “it’s going really well,” says Street. When he said that “there was no guarantee” that he would leave, he meant in the sense that nothing in life is guaranteed.

“There is no guarantee that any game in this deal will be released,” Street tweeted today. “Anyone making that promise is essentially saying that it will be released even if the game is disappointing. We will not ship a disappointing game.”

Street added that his team is “also not going to work just to make sure the game is the best it can be”, and that Riot will “absolutely” release an MMO at some point, even if its MMO never comes out (but to be clear, it’s doing very well).

“Maybe I’m not the right leader, or this isn’t the right team, or our project isn’t the right one,” Street said. “But the company will continue until the game is worthy of their expectations.”

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Unless we count Street’s expressions of hypothetical doubt, there’s no evidence that Riot’s MMO is in bad shape. We don’t really know much about it or its development. And, of course, what he says is true. Street worked at Blizzard while he was developing Titan, the MMO that morphed into Overwatch after it was canceled in 2014, so he has firsthand knowledge of how plans can change in the gaming business.

However, saying “maybe I’m not the right leader” when you don’t intend to stop being the leader sounds a little preemptively defensive. I think I already said the same thing after being asked to choose a restaurant for the group.

Maybe Street is just being blunt, though. By his own admission, he likes to talk. That’s true when he’s under pressure to speak up, like when his name came up in relation to allegations about former Blizzard colleagues and him. tweeted about it (truly, how far we gather). And it’s true when he had a completely spontaneous thought, like when it occurred to him last year that people might not like his new MMO and he tweeted about it. The guy tweets. Many of us have been there.

A street tweet that I think we can easily accept at face value came in January of this year when he said that the first playtest for Riot’s MMO “won’t be anytime soon”. The project was suggested as early as 2018, but it was only confirmed two years ago, and MMOs aren’t known for being lightweight projects. New World came out five years after Amazon first announced it, for example, so I don’t expect to play the Riot thing for at least a few more years.

We can find out more about it in a street tweet at any time, which gives the project a pleasantly casual and unpredictable character, as if it were a small indie effort. I wonder if Street will actually decide not to ship the game if he truly finds it “disappointing”. I suspect it won’t come to that, but the future is unknowable.

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