Entertainment News: Riot’s fighting game Project L will be free with ‘respectful’ monetization

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Riot Project L’s 2D fighting game will be free-to-play, with multiple League of Legends champions on its roster.

A new developer video from Riot Games has revealed that Project L, an upcoming 2D fighting game set in the League of Legends universe, will be free-to-play at launch. The video also announced a new addition to the game’s roster of fighters: Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess.

Watch the video below:

In an effort to remove “as many obstacles to your L project as possible”, senior director Tom Cannon said the game would become free-to-play, just like other games from Riot, League of Legends and Valorant. Cannon also said, “When it comes to monetization, we are committed to respecting both your time and your wallet.” He mentioned that the team working on Project L is made up of veteran fighting game enthusiasts, operating with the approach of “If we don’t like it, we won’t.”

Cannon then confirmed a new fighter in the roster of Project L fighters: Illaoi. League of Legends players are familiar with Illaoi as a champion first added to the game in 2015. She also had a big role to play in Riot’s single player game Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. A developer blog post gives more details on the character and how the team selects champions to populate the Project L roster.

Riot wants to double down on the traits that define every champion in Project L, meaning assassins will feel more nimble, juggernauts will feel beefier and so on. With that in mind, the team decided that Illaoi would be a big body with “a huge ball box, massive hits and slower movements, with a kit that was easy to learn and hard to master.” She attacks her enemies head-on with her own physical strength, but also takes advantage of the abilities of her god (Nagakabouros) to summon tentacles as reinforcements.

The blog post goes into a lot more detail on Illaoi’s design, but as it stands Illaoi is shaping up to be a powerful mid-range hitter that keeps pressure on enemies and can summon tentacles without rely too much on them. As Riot says in the post, “what we really wanted to highlight was Illaoi hitting people with a totem.” Expect her to play like a heavy damage dealer, her tentacles only serving to bring enemies towards her, not keep them at bay.

In case you missed it, Project L now has six confirmed fighters in total: Jinx, Darius, Ekko, Ahri, Katarina, and Illaoi. The fighting game has yet to announce a release window, but Riot has promised that another developer update will arrive later this year.

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