Riot Games have acquired the Californian-based Radiant Entertainment - a move that has resulted in the shutting down of free-to-play fighting game Rising Thunder - for an undisclosed sum. It's been confirmed that the team that was making Rising Thunder are starting work on a new project. To connect the dots, it would seem Riot were interested in the keyboard-friendly tech behind the fighting game, if not Rising Thunder itself.
I'd bet on whatever comes out of this acquisition being free-to-play, but for now you can always play through our list of PC's best free games.
It's all speculation, of course, but League's massive cast of characters, each with their own set of special moves, sure would make a perfect framework to build a fighting game on. Rising Thunder wasn't setting the world alight, but it was a solid game with a small fanbase, and it worked beautifully on PC - where all those League fans are - without any peripherals. It was the easiest to pick up and start comboing of any fighting game we've tried, and even if you've no time for that it was friendly on just letting you smack people about a bit. Not much reasons to shut that down unless you were planning to use its bones elsewhere. Here's what Radiant had to say about it:
"As for Rising Thunder, the team will start work on a new game that we’re incredibly excited about. We wish we could say more now, but rest assured you’ll hear more when the time is right. For now, we will be permanently closing Rising Thunder on March 18th. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Alpha!"
They had two games in development before being bought out, with the other being crowdfunded Early Access game Stonehearth. Development on it is going "full speed ahead", according to a post on Radiant's website:
"We are delighted to announce that Radiant Entertainment has been acquired by Riot Games. At Riot, our developers will continue their mission of building incredible games that speak to us personally as players. You’re probably wondering what this means for our games.
"First and foremost, Stonehearth will go on, full speed ahead. We’ll continue delivering Alphas at our current pace, with the aim of delivering the final game “when it’s ready.” We’ll continue keeping you up to date on our progress through things like our Twitch streams and Desktop Tuesday blog posts.
Gamasutra received confirmation that Radiant have no plans to return to Rising Thunder for the foreseeable future.