League of Legends creator Riot Games makes a lot of money. $1 billion a year, in fact. That’s equivalent to $31 each and every second. In fact it’s probably so much cash it’s almost a burden. Like Brewster’s Millions they’ve got to work their socks off to even spend it all.
Which leads us to Radiant Entertainment. An otherwise innocuous developer, you may recognise them as the creators of promising free-to-play PC fighting game Rising Thunder, as well as the Minecraft-aping Stonehearth. While exact figures have been kept hush, hush, Riot Games has bought Radiant Entertainment and all that entails.
“We are delighted to announce that Radiant Entertainment has been acquired by Riot Games,” said Team Radiant. “At Riot, our developers will continue their mission of building incredible games that speak to us personally as players.”
If you’ve been playing either of their pre-release titles then you’re probably wondering what this means. Well, it looks as if it’s not exactly a case of ‘as you are’. Clearly Riot Games has seen some some potential here, but as of now though it means the Rising Thunder Alpha will be closed permanently on March 18th, with Radiant starting work on a new game. What form this takes we don’t know, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rising Thunder concept reworked in order for Riot to squeeze its way into the fighting game scene.
I could be wrong but Stonehearth doesn’t appear to have taken off in any hugely significant way itself, amassing just over 100,000 users during its nine months in Early Access. Riot has chosen to continue development of this Minecraft competitor however, presumably in an effort to deliver the promised final game. As for when that will be, Radiant only say “when it’s ready.”
Make the most of the next week or so then Rising Thunder fans, as it’s about to be whisked away while development starts afresh on a new game.
What do you think Riot's plans are for the newly acquired Radiant? Sad to see Rising Thunder go? Or do you think it will be back? As ever, let us know below!