Riot Games has just dropped a lovely surprise, showcasing an update on its fighting game initiative called Project L in a new developer diary video. After a brief gameplay teaser in 2022, they have finally shared more details regarding the gameplay, game modes, and the champions’ roster.
According to the latest trailer, Project L will be focusing on duo play or 2v2 mode as its main competitive mode. Shaun Rivera, Project L’s game director, explained that the 2v2 system in the game is similar to a tag team in a wrestling game, where player 2 is just as important as player 1.
“Duo play works a bit like tag-team wrestling,” game director Shaun Rivera explains. “One player controls the champ on stage, and the other waits offscreen for their teammate to find the right moment to tag them in. All of which was designed to encourage teamwork, sharing victories, defeats, performing combos together, or saving your partner in a clutch moment.”
To make sure this 2v2 mode stands out from the crowd, Riot Games includes a fuse system that affects the synergy between player 1 and player 2, giving them various perks. In addition to the 2v2 mode, there will be 1v1 and 2v1 modes for those who prefer solo play, allowing a player to control two champions at the same time.
Riot Games will set up a Project L demo booth at the Evolution Championship Series 2023 event in Las Vegas, which will be held from August 4 to August 6. EVO visitors can test out the game modes with the first confirmed roster, which includes Ekko, Ahri, Darius, Jinx, Illaoi, and Katarina as playable champions.
Riot Games’ Project L is a free-to-play fighting game based on the lores and characters of League of Legends, with obvious influences from classic 2D fighting games such as Dragon Ball FighterZ and the Guilty Gear series. Although no exact release date or target platform has been disclosed, Riot is committed to developing Project L as part of their esports ecosystem, alongside League of Legends and Valorant.