Riot’s Project L won’t be here until at least 2023

November 22, 2021
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Riot has announced that their upcoming 2D fighting game, codenamed Project L, won’t be here until 2023 at the earliest. 

In a new video and blog post showcasing Project L, in celebration of the RiotX Arcane event, Riot has revealed that Project L is a long way off still, but it’s definitely shaping up to be a compelling fighting game. 

“We’re excited to share that Project L will be a tag-team style fighting game, where you’ll build and pilot a team of two different champions,” senior director Tom Cannon explained. “In this preview, you’ll see we’ve updated the game’s art style and included a breakdown of a champion’s kit. You’ll catch a glimpse of how we’re approaching controls with an easy-to-learn but hard-to-master mentality.”

In the preview video itself, it’s explained that, in Project L, “you’ll pilot a team of two different champs. We feel like this is the right foundation to build a game that rewards strategic team building and on the fly decision making on top of strong fighting fundamentals. Our goal is to build a game that delivers a fast-paced dynamic combat fantasy while leaving plenty of room for you to be creative and express yourself in gameplay.” 

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“Our vertical slice might give you the sense that the game is ready, but we actually still have a lot of work ahead of us,” Cannon explained in the blog post. “So, although we’ve made a great deal of progress, we will not be shipping in 2021 or 2022.” 

A good fighting game definitely takes time to get right, and Riot is definitely aware of that, with Cannon writing that “our goal is to build a super high-quality fighting game that the FGC can invest deeply in, playing for years or even decades. That takes time to get right, and we’re not going to rush it.”

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