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Seth Killian reportedly no longer working on Riot's upcoming fighting game after move to Epic Games

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 6, 2019 at 11:24 a.m. PDT • Comments: 46

The fighting game community got the news they'd be hoping to hear for a long while back on August 2 when Tom Cannon officially stated that Riot Games is making a fighting title. Riot recruited the fighting game expertise of Tom Cannon, Tony Cannon, and Seth Killian when they acquired Radiant Entertainment back in 2016, but recent reports inform us that Killian is actually no longer with Riot.

eSports consultant Rod "Slasher" Breslau shared the news on his Twitter that Killian actually left Riot some months back and has since joined up with another major development company.

"Riot Games confirms to me Seth Killian officially left the company many months ago, and they thank him for all his contributions over the years, (on the fighting game project)" tweeted Breslau. "[A]ccording to sources, Seth Killian now works at Epic Games.

Killian has a rich history in game development and a special affinity for the fighting genre. He worked for Capcom for the better part of six years (2006-2012) and served as the Special Combat Advisor for Street Fighter 4 and its Super update, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its Ultimate update, and Tatsunoko Vs Capcom.

He also served as Lead Game Designer for almost two years at Sony before becoming the Chief Creative Officer at the Cannon brothers' Radiant Entertainment.

It was with Radiant that Killian took the lead on Rising Thunder, an indie title aimed at exploring the concept of making fighting games more accessible to general audiences. Rising Thunder was a free-to-play PC fighter that utilized simplified controls that enabled players to perform special techniques with single inputs.

Eventually canceled in 2016 (after Riot purchased Radiant), Rising Thunder was arguably as much an exploratory venture into merging the fighting genre with modern gaming approaches as it was a game to be played by consumers.

Killian became Lead Designer at Riot Games after the 2016 acquisition but has apparently moved on again (though his Linkedin page doesn't yet reflect this) to Epic Games. Killian is also one of the founders of Evolution Championship Series.

While the FGC would surely prefer to hear that Killian was offering his fighting game wisdom throughout the entire development of Riot's upcoming title, it seems his fingerprints may very well still be on it thanks to any and all work that may have been done in the past three years.

We don't know how far along development is on Riot's second video game, but Tom Cannon did note that it's still "far away." You can view Breslau's tweets on the matter by clicking the thumbnail here:

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Photo credit: Stephanie Lindgren.

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