Riot Games has released a new video in which the studio takes a detailed look at Project L gameplay, showing off some of the fighter's mechanics and core systems. If you're a League of Legends fan and you love fighting games too, this one's shaping up to be pretty special.
In the new dev diary, game director Shaun Rivera discusses what you can expect from Project L. Rivera says the goal is to make a game where "you can have fun right away", but also one that rewards you for mastery. This isn't a slow-paced fighter, either; Rivera says the champions in the game will have "fast, powerful abilities", and that those abilities will be paired with "flexible systems".
According to Rivera, movement will be at the core of Project L's systems. If you're not a fan of the way League of Legends champions' mobility has been creeping up in recent years, Project L might not be for you. Champions will have a massive range of movement abilities available to them, including a number of dashes that allow them to get around the battlefield quickly.
The video shows off champions Jinx, Illaoi, Darius, and Ekko as they move around the battlefield and use abilities that will be very familiar to you if you're a League fan. Buttons will offer a range of offensive and defensive options, and Rivera says the goal is to make sure buttons are worth pressing at all times, rather than having skills you never use.
Rivera also goes into detail about Project L's tag system, which was added around two years ago. Specific systems shown off in the video include Assist Actions, which champions can perform while they're not the active fighter. Each champion has two Assist Actions to call on. Handshake Tag lets you swap between your main fighter and your secondary champion, and Dynamic Save lets your secondary champ step in to save you during a nasty combo.
All in all, Project L looks like it's following in the footsteps of influential 2D and 2.5D fighting game franchises like Guilty Gear or Street Fighter. If you love League of Legends' champions but you're not really much of a MOBA fan, then this looks like it might be the game for you. We still don't have a release date (or even a name) for Project L yet, so stay tuned for more.