"Riot Games," the relatively new gaming company behind "League of Legends," the most popular computer game of all time, may have inadvertently leaked information about "Project 425," an exciting new venture from a company that may have disappointed its customer base when its approach to the new year saw their scaling back the production of new content-like champions, skins, and maps- for its mammoth, flagship game. Though "League of Legends" players may be just a touch disheartened to learn that Riot Games's relaxed new champion schedule means that there won't be a drastic change to the state of the metagame every two weeks, one cannot help but get excited for the mysterious "Project 425," which is currently hidden behind a password-protected domain. And though virtually nothing is known about the new project, here's everything we can glean-- all the facts, rumors, and theorie so far based on information that Riot Games may or may not have given us advertently or inadvertently.
Thanks to Fusible, we know that "Project 425" began its very first phase of development sometime in the last ten years, when an anonymous company registered the domain name Project425.com through the URL registrar Melbourne IT. As most people who've ever done a Whois Lookup can tell you, it's virtually impossible to get any information on who owns a URL if it's purchased through a registrar. However, rumors quickly surfaced that the URL belonged to Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, and it wasn't until November of 2008 that those rumors became quickly confirmed. At that time, if one performed a Whois Lookup on Project 425, the company owner ceased to be Melbourne IT and became, instead, Riot Games's president, Marc Merrill. Once that fact was confirmed, the internet basically exploded.
So what do we know about Project 425? A password prevents us from logging in directly to the website, so at present, your guess is as good as mine. Riot Games is keeping this one under lock-and-key, at least until the League of Legends company's claim to the domain name expires on March 30, 2015. However, if they're basing this new enterprise on their past mega success, then chances are, just as the company did with Defense of the Ancients, we'll see their taking an incredibly fun custom map, creating a dedicated platform and user interface for it that streamlines what worked and removes what didn't, and making it free-to-play.
We couldn't be more excited.