Riot presents Project L, the League of Legends fighting video game
Riot’s Netflix debut with Arcane and two animated shows set in League of Legends, as well as the launch of new MOBAs that adapt the most popular MOBAs in the world to other genres, was followed by a trailer posted by the company for Project L, their upcoming fighting video game.
Announced around the same time as Valorant – a first-person-shooter, akin to Counter-Strike – as part of Riot’s push to bring more games out, set in their fictional world of Runeterra, the game went dark for just over a year as the studio worked on the game. Tony and Tom Cannon are fighting game veterans who founded the EVO fighting tournament. They will be bringing League of Legends characters into a traditional tag-team fighting game.
The trailer featured Jinx, the protagonist of Arcane as well as Ekko, Ahri, and Darius, all redesigned.
Tony Cannon is also the creator of GGPO middleware software. This program allows for ‘rollback’. The system will predict your next input and then roll back the game’s current state to provide smoother gameplay on both sides. This middleware program was developed in response to Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting’s 2006 release. It had a poor net code that made it difficult for local players to play.
This software was used more recently in the Guilty Gear, Melty Blood, and Melty Blood games.
Riot’s goal with Project L was to create an easy-to-learn, but difficult-to-master game. The controls will make it easy for everyone to use, but still rewarding for those who put in the effort. The video doesn’t show any directional inputs such as quarter-circles. This makes it more similar to alternate control modes in games like Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom. These changed inputs to single directions and then used button presses to perform more complicated moves.
It is intended to provide players just starting with the game something to “aspire” to and for those who have mastered the game to show off their skills.
Riot has confirmed the game won’t be released until 2022. There will also be two updates in the second quarter of 2022 that will show more of the game. Netflix confirmed that Arcane will be receiving a Season 2.