Riot Games fighting game "Project L" has been in progress since EVO 2019 - we could finally get a release date and further information for this year's edition of the high-class tournament.
Riot Games is officially trying to develop a new LoL fighting game under the code name “Project L”. This has been confirmed since August 2019. Since then, apart from the first gameplay trailer in the same month, no further information about the title has been revealed - until now.
Recently, there have been rumors of playtesting invitations for Project L, while more information about the game is expected at this year's EVO. Here's everything we know about the title so far.
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Release date of Project L
Project L was not one of the listed titles on Riot Games' agenda for 2021. It is therefore unlikely that the game will be ready for release this year. Still, we could expect more information and maybe even trailers for the new title in the coming months. What is in prospect in this regard would be, for example, the EVO, which will take place from August 6th to 8th.
Project L and the EVO
The Evolution Championship Series, or EVO for short, calls itself one of the world's most famous championships for fighting games. In 2019 it was the scene of the announcement of a new title in the scene: EVO co-founder Tom Cannon himself confirmed his collaboration on the fighting game known as “Project L”, which is to be published by the newcomer Riot Games.
The game's gameplay trailer features Tekken-like game mechanics with well-known champions from the League of Legends universe. According to Cannon, the game should be interesting for both LoL fans and fans of the fighting game genre. According to the EVO co-founder, the development of the title had been going on for “a while” in 2019, so that new information such as a release date could be available at this year's EVO.
Of course, Project L is not part of the tournament's game lineup as an unpublished title. Still, it is not unreasonable that founders Tom and Tony Cannon, as a contributor to the new game, could reveal more content about it.
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Game tests in LA and the surrounding area
In recent weeks, more and more people have spoken out who have allegedly received invitations to playtest a new game from Riot Games. Runeterra player TheSkilledRoy shows his version of a said email in the video above. With an exclusive link to a survey, this invites you to apply as a playtester for an undisclosed project. Inquiries were made to people in and around Los Angeles - where, according to TheSkilledRoy, the developer studio for Project L is also located.
Possible characters in Project L
It is likely that in the upcoming fighting game, Project L, not all champions from League of Legends will be implemented - at least not right at the beginning. Although the champions are unknown in the game outside of Ahri and Darius, YouTuber Jyoustin has come up with an interesting theory. In one of his videos, he uses the game Rising Thunder - a title developed by members of the current Project L title - to draw conclusions about upcoming champions to draw in the game. It shows characters from RT who have very similar kits to, for example, Yasuo, Katarina, and Akali. Hence, it seems likely that these melee champions. Be the first to make it into the game, as the basics for their kits already exist.