League of Legends developer Riot Games has acquired Hypixel Studios, the team behind promising Minecraft-like sandbox adventure Hytale.
Prior to Hytale, which began development in 2015, Hypixel was responsible for the hugely popular Minecraft mini-game server of the same name, which has been visited by more than 18 million visitors since its inception in 2013. Hytale is the developer’s attempt to combine its popular mini-games with its own Minecraft-style sandbox experience, built from the ground up.
On a fundamental level, it’s all very reminiscent of Minecraft – Hytale unfolds in a procedurally generated world, formed from different biomes, there’s block-based construction, and even a similar art style – but Hypixel is aiming to deliver its own spin on the oft-imitated Minecraft experience. Alongside mini-games, there’s a particular focus on offering a more structured RPG-like experience, with meatier combat and hand-crafted adventure scenarios – incorporating the likes of dungeons and boss encounters – that can be played with friends.