Riot’s 2D fighting game, Project L, will be released as free-to-play with the participation of many champions in League of Legends.
For the first time since November 2021, Riot Games has shared new information surrounding Project L, an upcoming 2D fighting game set in the League of Legends universe, in the developer diary published published by project leader and fighting game community (FGC) Tom Cannon — including confirmation that the game will be free to play. The video also announced a new addition to the game’s list of gladiators, the Nun of the Water God Illaoi.
According to Cannon, the team is finalizing work on the core mechanics and gameplay, focusing on the game’s roster building and features that deal with competitive gameplay and the social system.
The development team is also moving forward with the goal of removing as many barriers to entry as Project L by making it a completely free game. This includes promises from the developers to respect monetization when it launches.
“One of our goals is to remove as many barriers as possible in the player’s Project L experience,” said Cannon. “We want you to be able to play no matter where you live, what your skill level is or how much you have to spend on a game.”
He mentioned that the team working on Project L is composed of veteran gamers and developers with a passion for fighting games, working with a ‘If we don’t like it, we won’t do it’ approach .
Then, Cannon went on to confirm that a character from the League of Legends universe would join Project L’s roster of gladiators, Illaoi. League of Legends gamers will probably know Illaoi as the first champion to be introduced into the game in 2015, and the Nun of the Water God also has a big role in Riot’s other game, Ruined King: a League of Legends Story.
Riot wanted to double the defining characteristics of each champion in Project L, meaning assassins would feel more agile, giants would be stronger, etc. Keeping that in mind, the team decided that Illaoi will be a large body with “giant Hurtbox, many terrible attacks and slower movement, with a simple kit that is easy to learn and difficult to master.” She confronts her enemies with her physical strength, but also utilizes the ability of her god (Nagakabouros) to summon tentacles for support.
The blog post is much more detailed on Illaoi’s design but for now, Illaoi is shaping up to be a powerful mid-range heavy hitter that can pressure enemies and can summon tentacles without don’t depend too much on them. As Riot said in the post, “what we really wanted to highlight is that Illaoi catches everyone with a totem.” Expect her to play as a massive damage dealer, with her tentacles only serving to bring enemies towards her, but not keeping them within range.
In case you missed it, Project L currently has a total of six confirmed warriors: Jinx, Darius, Ekko, Ahri, Katarina, and Illaoi. The fighting game has yet to announce a release date, but Riot has promised another developer update will arrive later this year.