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Riot MMO Lead Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street Explains Why They Announced Early, Expectations, and Change

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When it comes to game announcements, usually they are done when there is substantial work already completed and rumors are already flying. This is part of the point of why Riot Games MMO lead Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street took to Twitter to respond to questions about why Riot announced that it was working on an m m o and when more “real” info is coming.

Street says that announcing  their plans early was done for strategic reasons by the CEO. They wanted to "low-key announce to help with recruiting (we need a lot of MMO vets), to excite players, and because we thought it would likely leak anyway.” Even though there were already people already wanting a Riot MMO and seeing the developments and investment in narrative and more shared stories coming and wondering if it would come to pass, announcing themselves did put the momentum and focus on Riot. Hype was born. 

Yet, you have to be careful with early announcements. As Street continues, noting that “The other big risk of announcing early is sustaining the momentum. It's hard to keep players engaged and excited for years”. This decision by Riot to announce without the usual work completed, teasers ready, promo in swing from the start does a couple of things. It does risk people getting bored, sure, but it also helps control expectations, especially if the team finds they have to make major pivots from any plans they had in place. 

Saying that they haven’t even solidified 100% of their direction yet with confidence is something we don’t normally see. Important too for a game that, with nearly nothing known, expectations are already high, and Street knows you want to know more and understands the feeling. The team wants to talk about it more, but it’s still not time yet.

He ends with gratitude and empathy for those who want to know more, putting a sense of trust in the community to know how to deliver effective feedback when the time comes. Additionally, he teases the eventual team announcement too.

“ I couldn't do it without this amazing team that we have assembled. Some of the names you know and some you don't know yet and more will join all the time.”


Christina Gonzalez

Christina is MMORPG.COM’s News Editor and a contributor since 2011. Always a fan of great community and wondering if the same sort of magic that was her first guild exists anymore.