Following the teaser reveal of Project A, prominent esports and gaming figures have given their verdict on Riot Games’ efforts for their upcoming competitive tactical shooter.
The League of Legends decade-long reign as one of the most prevalent esports titles was marked by their 10th-year-anniversary special edition show of Riot Pls.
During the hour-long livestream, Riot unveiled a new animated series, mobile versions for both their MOBA and Teamfight Tactics, a new collectible card game called Legends of Runeterra, a fighting game, and a brand new tactical shooter, code-named ‘Project A’.
Given the popularity of first-person shooters within the gaming community, and Riot's track record of development of competitive games, it’s no surprise that Project A has received plenty of attention.
Pro players and personalities from various esports took to their respective social media to provide their reaction to the game’s debut.
Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau posted some intel (per sources) with regards to the internal mechanics and how they feel in comparison to other popular shooters, claiming that its a “mix of Counter-Strike and Overwatch".
those who have played the game describe it as a 'mix of CS and Overwatch,'
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) October 16, 2019
From the trailer alone, Project A appears to boast fluid in-game mechanics alongside an in-built system designed to make the title an equal playing field, by reducing the impact of latency and deterring cheaters.
After Riot teased what’s to come for the new FPS, the community came out in droves to show their interest and give praise to the development team.
Big name streamers such as TimTheTatman, Dizzy and fl0m all gave their two cents, alongside former professional Call of Duty player and now CEO of esports organization 100 Thieves, Matthew 'Nadeshot' Haag.
I’m all in
— timthetatman (@timthetatman) October 16, 2019
— NRG dizzy (@dizzy) October 16, 2019
Really exited for this. Love cs but competition is good. Hope this doesn’t disappoint and we have a 2nd good fps :blush:
— fl0m (@fl0mtv) October 16, 2019
An FPS made by people who actually know what they are doing in the game/scene. Hopefully they get similar or the same people to run their leagues and esports divisions!
— Danny Montaner (@OfficialfRoD) October 16, 2019
Riot Games developing their own FPS. Mind blown. https://t.co/Mtc1FX2pQo
— 100T Nadeshot (@Nadeshot) October 16, 2019
However, others have remained skeptical, which is only natural given that the announcement has only teased gameplay so far.
Caster Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat isn't totally convinced that Project A will challenge the likes of CS:GO or Call of Duty, but could muscle its way in against Blizzard's Overwatch.
I don't think that Project A will challenge CS or CoD, due to the nature of the gameplay that we've seen. OW however could be in for a run. Still looks like a long ways off though, so we'll see
— Semmler (@OnFireSemmler) October 16, 2019
don't work too much on movement pls
— paszaBiceps (@paszaBiceps) October 16, 2019
Riot arguably paved the way for how developers work within the esports scene, with their direct involvement and in-game integration. They have propelled League of Legends to become one of the most popular esports games.
Indeed, the new tactical shooter is in very capable hands. Keep updated here with the latest on Project A, as more news surfaces.