Project L is Riot Games’ upcoming fighting game set in the League of Legends universe. More details are coming to light after the game’s first reveal in October 2019. Here’s what we know so far.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Thx for all the well wishes for Riot's fighting gsme project. Just want to make one thing clear, the game is not close to release, or even Alpha.
— Tom Cannon (@ProtomCannon) October 16, 2019
This was the only info we had for over a year. But then, on December 21 2020, Riot Games filed for a new trademark for a logo featuring a large letter L with a lightning bolt through it. However, the logo was used for League of Legends instead.
We do know, however, that testing is slowly starting to roll out as of April 2021. YouTuber ‘TheSkilledRoy’ reported players around Los Angeles were invited by Riot to playtest the game on April 23 to 25.
A full reveal at EVO 2021, penned in for August, has been touted as the most likely announcement date.
Riot Games recently hosted an invite-only play-testing weekend for their upcoming fighting game #ProjectL. The event was held between April 23-25.
Could we be set to see gameplay footage or even a trailer soon? pic.twitter.com/aEIq4Yi0KG
— League of Legends News (@lol_insider) April 28, 2021
Tom Cannon’s most recent update came from a comment he posted on Reddit, announcing news for Project L is coming “sometime around late November.”
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 on stage.
In October 2019, Riot Games 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.
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“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.