Riot Games graced fans with another exciting look into their upcoming fighting game. Project L (a League of Legends fighting game) has garnered more anticipation since its update last November, with the revel of focusing the game-play to that of an assist-based fighter. Now, the game developer is back with another update as to what comes next for the game.
Tom Cannon, Senior Director for Project L, went over the recent progress the developers made through the months since in a short video. Once the team finishes up their work on the game’s core mechanics, Tom explained that many in the team have moved to building champions and game features like social systems and competitive play. Their main goal for Project L, as Tom noted, is to make this game as accessible for everyone. He followed up, confirming that Project L will be Free-To-Play, elaborating that the team based their decision off the approach that “If we wouldn’t like it, we wouldn’t do it.”
“We want you to be able to play no matter where you live, what your skill level is, or how much money you have to spend on a game,” said Tom.
In a blog post coinciding with this update, the Riot team revealed information around the development of a new fighter in Project L. The blog post delved deeper into the developers’ thought process when creating new fighters for the game, using the newly introduced Illaoi as an example. Since her debut several years ago, Illaoi has been a staple character in League of Legends, thus she was a prime candidate to be apart of the main roster. According to the blog post, the team focused on the core aspects of her character, what fans love about her and how they could elevate that into a compelling design.
“We want to make sure we’ve identified champions who can both improve our game-play and be enhanced by being in our game. In short, we want to elevate their fantasy. The juggernauts should be beefier, the assassins more agile, and the mages more powerful. But beyond that, they should still feel true to who they are. We still want players who know and love these characters to see what they expect, and to give them a little more.”