Riot Games acquires Hytale studio, the promising Minecraft-style sandbox that hit YouTube

The League of Legends developer, Riot Games, acquired Hypixel Studios, the team behind the promising Minecraft-style sandbox adventure, Hytale.

Prior to Hytale, which began development in 2015, Hypixel was responsible for the eponymous Minecraft minigame server, which has been visited by over 18 million visitors since its inception in 2013. Hytale is the developer’s attempt to combine its popular minigames with the own Minecraft-style sandbox experience, built from the ground up.

Everything is very reminiscent of Minecraft. Hytale takes place in a procedurally generated world, made up of several biomes, there’s block-based construction and even a similar art style, but Hypixel aims to provide special attention to a more structured RPG-like experience , with leaner combat and handcrafted adventure scenarios.

Basically, Hytale also offers extensive options for creators, including server and modding support, modeling and animation tools, and much more.

Riot Games has already invested heavily in Hypixel and in the development of Hytale, as part of a relationship established not long after construction began. Therefore, the news about today’s acquisition – which Hypixel described as “a huge step in our journey from modder to game developer” in its blog post – comes as no surprise.

“We are immensely grateful for the enthusiasm and creativity of the growing Hytale community and are committed to delivering a game that lives up to your expectations,” wrote the developer, “which means doing everything possible to ‘level up’ as study, from the acquisition of new talents to the improvement of our processes in search of partners who understand our mission “.

According to Hypixel, the studio will remain independent following the acquisition by Riot Games and will continue to work “as we did before”. Riot as the parent company will provide its “expertise and resources,” which, Hypixel says, means “a bigger budget for Hytale, more security for our team, and consulting support from a company that knows how to successfully launch and operate.”

Development will move to the team’s first physical office in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Hypixel notes that the Minecraft minigame server will not be affected (or included) by the acquisition.

Hytale is expected to come out for PC and Mac next year.

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