Riot Games revealed new information about its upcoming assist-based League of Legends fighting game, titled Project L, in a new gameplay video. Originally teased back in 2019, senior director Tom Cannon gave fans an update about how Project L will look and play, including some in-depth character introductions. Additionally, Cannon revealed that Project L is not planned to release in 2021 or 2022, and there is currently no confirmed release platforms or price.
Tom & @Pond3r reintroduce Project L, an assist-based fighter set in the world of Runeterra.
— Riot Games #RiotXArcane (@riotgames) November 20, 2021
Project L is set in the world of Runeterra and will feature various popular characters from the League of Legends franchise. As an assist-based fighting game, Project L will also allow players to have multiple characters at their disposal in a given game. In the introduction video, Tony and Tom Cannon explain how it will follow an “easy to learn, hard to master” mentality. Tom Cannon states that he wishes for characters in Project L to be easy to pick up, but still have opportunities for veteran players to enhance and create unique playstyles.
In terms of characters, the trailer showed off some prominent faces and character designs. This includes Jinx, Ekko, Ahri, and Darius. Cannon states that the main priority in bringing these characters into Project L was keeping each character’s unique abilities while adapting them for a fighting game.
Furthermore, Tony Cannon reveals that Project L will use rollback netcode; one of the more popular and reliable ways to play online fighting games. In addition to this, online play will involve the use of the Riot Direct internal network. According to Cannon, this internal network is already in use for Riot’s other games such as League of Legends and Valorant.
Finally, Cannon also assures fans that Riot Games will continue to keep fans updated on the project’s progress. To this, Cannon promises at least two updates coming sometime in 2022. He also notes that Project L is still currently in R&D, and may be subject to change at a later date.
You can check out the official Project L introduction trailer below: