Rising Thunder has been canceled, as developers acquired by League of Legends makers Riot

NEWSBRIEF: Radiant Entertainment, makers of Stonehearth and rock-’em-sock-’em Free-to-Play robot smasher Rising Thunder, are headed to the big leagues.

In a statement released just minutes ago, Radiant co-founders Tom Cannon and Tony Cannon (brother-founders behind the popular Evolution fighting game tournament) have announced that the company has been formally acquired by Riot Games, the studio behind leading multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) League of Legends.

At Riot, our developers will continue their mission of building incredible games that speak to us personally as players,” the statement reads in part. The Cannon brothers assure fans that Stonehearth, Radiant’s kickstarted building and crafting game, will continue development, while the team behind Rising Thunder will be moving ahead to “a new game that we’re incredibly excited about.”

What might we expect from this collaboration between Riot and Radiant? We’ll have some extended thoughts for you soon, but for now, here is Radiant’s statement in full:

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.

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 closing the Rising Thunder Alpha on March 18th. Thanks to everyone who participated in the test! 

And more broadly, to everyone who has helped support us by playing Stonehearth and Rising Thunder, backing our Kickstarter, telling your friends, and giving us your feedback: Thank you for helping us make these games as good as they can be. You have been a consistent source of motivation and inspiration for us, and we look forward to continuing to talk and work with you in the future.

– Tom & Tony, on behalf of Team Radiant

Disclosure: Riot Games and ZAM share a corporate parent, Tencent Holdings.

Kris Ligman is the News Editor of ZAM. They will add a clever thing here in just a minute.