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Everything we know about Riot’s LoL fighter "Project L" - roster, more

by Michael Gwilliam

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On October 15, Riot Games unveiled the first footage of their upcoming League of Legends-based fighting game codenamed “Project L”. The game is helped being designed by Evo co-founder Tom Cannon. 


What type of fighting game is Project L? 

Project L appears to be a 2.5D fighting game similar to the likes of
Street Fighter V. 2.5D fighting games have full 3D graphics, but play as
if they’re 2D fighters.

2.5D fighters evolved from 2D fighters, maintaining the same style of gameplay, but with updated graphics.

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Footage of Riot's fighting game was shown off on October 15.


What will Project L's gameplay be like?

The game features a standard 90-second match timer. Additionally, the game keeps track of combos indicating how many hits connect with an opponent.

Character-specific meters also indicate the possibility of EX-attacks and supers, though nothing has been shown off yet. 

Additionally, while Riot didn't confirm that the game uses GGPO netcode, the fact that it was made open source makes it likely. Tony Cannon, Tom's brother, designed GGPO to help create a seemingly lagless online experience to it would make sense for Project L to take advantage of it. 


What League of Legends Champions are in Project L?

On the character side, a few champions were spotted including: Ahri, Darius, Katarina and Jinx. 

What’s neat is that there are multiple different types of abilities resulting in numerous different styles. While a champion like Darius uses his axe for combat, similar to a game like Soul Calibur, Ahri could be primarily projectile based.

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Project L appears to be a 2.5D fighter like Street Fighter.


When is Project L coming out?

Cannon said that the team still has a long way to go, but they’re working very hard on the project. In fact, in a tweet posted after the game was shown, the developer said that isn’t close to release or even alpha. 


When was Project L announced?

It had previously been revealed the Riot had been working on a game back at Evo 2019, the world’s biggest fighting game tournament. 

“I want to be able to let people in on maybe the worst kept secret in
the universe, which is I can confirm that we are working on a fighting
game for Riot,” Tom Cannon said in an
interview. 

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Riot Games
A champion resembling Jinx performs a combo on who appears to be Katarina.

On October 15, Riot Games has provided more information about the game during their livestream.

“What, I think, League of Legends players expect from this game is different, but in some ways harmonious with what I think fighting game players expect from this game,” Cannon said during a developer video. “Everyone wants a great game, but what we’ve been seeing is that people are really excited to see Runeterra Champions in a new light.”

With so much talent and effort going into the title, it will be interesting to see how the game progresses and if it can shake up the fighting game landscape.