Radiant Entertainment Acquired by Riot Games, Rising Thunder Development Stopping

Looks like the company behind the innovative fighting title, Rising Thunder, is now in new hands. Radiant Entertainment, the company formed by the Cannon Brothers – Tom and Tony, who you may recognize as the same duo who founded the Evolution Championship Series, has been acquired by Riot Games. Yep, that Riot Games, the ones behind my favorite MOBA, League of Legends.

As such it looks like that Rising Thunder alpha is coming to a close as of March 18, 2016, however no word has been given as to what is going to happen to the title. Radiant Entertainment does mention that team that was previously working on Rising Thunder will go on to work on a new, undisclosed game, one that they are extremely excited about. Sadly, they can’t really say what that is just yet. I wonder what that is.

“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!”

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

I enjoyed Rising Thunder and it’s sad to see that development is stopping, but hopefully Radiant Entertainment will apply what they learned from the experience in their next title, what ever that is.