Tom Cannon, senior director and executive producer for Riot Games, stated in a development update on Monday that the company’s next 2D fighting game, Project L, which is situated in the League of Legends universe, will be available without a price tag for players to enjoy. Cannon pointed out that the information probably won’t come as a surprise to fans of League of Legends, Valiant, and other free-to-play Riot titles. He said that the Project L team is being attentive about how and when it will solicit players for the money.
When it comes to monetization, Cannon promises that they will respect both your time and your wallet. “We pledge to be respectful of both your time and your wallet,”
Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess, has been revealed to be the next League champion that will be included in Project L, as verified by Cannon. Illaoi is a character that was introduced into Riot’s multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game League of Legends in 2015, and gamers of that game will most likely be very familiar with him. But in Project L and in fighting game words, Illaoi will be a “Big Body Juggernaut” with a “big hurtbox, massive hits, and sluggish movement, with a simple-to-learn, hard-to-master kit,” as game designer Caroline Montano wrote in a Project L development blog.
“Illaoi is a strong and muscular woman who attacks with a giant totem, so it makes sense that she would hit with her own physical strength,” Montano explained about the gameplay design of Illaoi. “Rather than hiding behind the power of her god or magical abilities,” Illaoi would hit with her own physical strength because it makes sense. Tentacles were another thing that was necessary. Because Illaoi’s god, Nagakabouros, is a tentacled sea monster, her arsenal required a component that reflected this aspect of her deity. But in addition to enhancing her attacks, Nagakabouros also gives Illaoi the power to steal the soul of her opponent.
If you are interested, you can read more about Riot’s strategy for incorporating Illaoi into Project L on the blog that the development team maintains. Illaoi is going to be a part of Project L alongside five other League champions who have already been confirmed, and those five are Ahri, Darius, Ekko, Jinx, and Katarina.
2019 was the year that the first announcement on Project L was made. The canceled free-to-play fighting game Rising Thunder was developed by Radiant Entertainment, the same firm that is working on the new fighting game, which is also being developed by former members of Radiant Entertainment. 2016 marked the year that Riot completed its acquisition of Radiant.
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