Riot is continuing to expand beyond League of Legends, this time with a full-on studio acquisition. The publisher announced today that it has acquired Hypixel Studios, the developer behind the upcoming block-based game Hytale.
If you're unfamiliar with it, Hytale is a blocky adventure game in the vein of Minecraft, but with a heavy dose of fantasy and RPG elements. It's already amassed a pretty sizable following and interest in its beta. Hypixel announced last year that it plans to have Hytale "playable by everyone" in 2021.
In a FAQ about its acquisition, Hypixel Studios confirms that its development team is staying on and the studio will also bring in new developers, as well as making internal changes to its structure, as part of the acquisition. The studio does note that its developers will have opportunities to gain mentorship and training from Riot Games developers.
This isn't Riot Games' first acquisition. The League of Legends developer picked up Rising Thunder developer Radiant Entertainment back in 2016. That acquisition, along with internal efforts, have been part of a larger push to establish more games under Riot than just the popular MOBA.
Riot has also established a third-party publishing arm called Forge to expand the scope of Runeterra, and its competitive shooter Valorant recently went into closed beta. By acquiring Hypixel, Riot Games now has a MOBA, FPS, card game, fighting game, and block-based adventure game all under its umbrella, with likely more to come judging by last year's anniversary stream. The next few years are likely to have a lot in store for Riot Games.