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Riot Games Project L: Release Date Speculation News, Leaks, Gameplay Previews

Here is everything you need to know about Riot Games' brand-new fighting game, Project L.
Riot Games Project L: Release Date Speculation News, Leaks, Gameplay Previews

It seems like everything Riot Games touches turns to gold. They can seemingly take on anything, including auto-chess battlers like TFT, FPS games like Valorant, and even animated TV series like Arcane. However, something almost no Riot Games fan saw coming is the League of Legends-inspired 2D fighting game, currently known as Project L. 

Very similar in design to other 2D fighters such as Guilty Gear, Tekkén, and Street Fighting, Project L is striving to become the next big contender in the fighting game scene. Very little is known about the title at the moment, but early footage seems to suggest that a ton of resources are being put into this project. Early builds look absolutely breathtaking, and we can't wait to see what the final product eventually looks like. However, until that day comes, we are left to speculate, and speculate we shall! This article will cover everything we know about Project L, including release dates, leaks, and more!

Update on 25 January 2023: We've checked for the latest news or any bit of info regarding Riot Games' Project L.

Latest Riot Games Project L News

Check out the latest updates to Riot Games Project L right here:

25 January 2023: Checked for anything new on Project L

Unfortunately, we didn't find any new Project L news or leaks with this update.

4 January 2023: Project L in 2023?

We expect to learn more about Project L in 2023, so stay tuned.

8 December: Watch The Game Awards 2022 live!

While not confirmed, we might see Project L at The Game Awards 2022.

Tune in the watch The Game Awards 2022 via the YouTube stream embedded below. It kicks off on 8 December at 7:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM PT and 9 December at 00:30 GMT.

5 December 2022 - Dev Diary Update Video

Players received an update via a YouTube dev diary which included information about the gameplay, tag systems, and an update on Illaoi. You can check out the full video down below:

Riot Games Project L Release Date Speculation

Project L
Who will you main in Project L? (Picture: Riot Games)

At the time of writing, there is no official confirmed release date for Project L, but in this article, you’ll find all (if any) information that the developer shared, as well as some speculation from Ginx on when we could see it launch.

The game has reportedly been in development for approximately three years, and there are still no signs of the product being finished. If we take Riot Games' other side projects as some kind of indicator, we can see the following. These are the dates on which each project began development and was eventually released:

Game Development Time
Teamfight Tactics 2019-2019 (18 weeks total development)
Valorant  2014 - 2020
Arcane 2015-2021 (6 years in production)

This table is not a great indicator because Teamfight Tactics was built inside the League of Legends client and pulled resources from the already existing game. On the other side of the spectrum, Arcane took six years to make because it was a fully-animated, voice-acted, and produced series. Valorant is the only game that Riot developed essentially from scratch, but it also took six years to release finally.

Riot Games have stated that 2022 is unlikely for a release. Because of this, the earliest we can expect to see Project L released would be sometime in 2023. However, based on the above timeline and the 3 years Project L has already been in development, expect to see a release sometime in 2025-2026.

Riot Games Project L Roster

Project L
Each character will receive a unique move set in Project L. (Picture: Riot Games)

We already have several confirmed champions coming to Project L. These include:

Project L Confirmed Roster
  • Jinx
  • Ahri
  • Ekko
  • Darius
  • Illaoi
  • Katarina

However, Riot Games also sent out a survey to players asking what champions they wanted to see in the game. The following champions were featured in this survey:

Project L Champion Survey
  • Ahri

  • Akali

  • Braum

  • Blitzcrank

  • Darius

  • Ekko

  • Ezreal

  • Illaoi

  • Jinx

  • Katarina

  • Karma

  • Kindred

  • Lux

  • Rengar

  • Riven

  • Senna

  • Sett

  • Thresh

  • Vi

  • Yasuo

  • Teemo

  • Samira

  • Zed

We will likely not receive every champion on this list, but it is easy to see how certain champions like Vi, Sett, Riven, and Yasuo would fit nicely into Project L. Blitzcrank, however, is another story...

Riot Games Project L Leaks 

Project L
Project L already looks great! (Picture: Riot Games)

Here are all the leaks we currently know about relating to Project L.

2020 - Supposed Rioter friend leaks information on Reddit.

A Redditor claiming to be friends with a Riot Games employee leaked the following information on a Reddit thread. 

  • The real name of Project L is still undecided.
  • There is no confirmed release date, even inside Riot Games. 
  • It was supposed to release in 2021 but was delayed due to COVID.
  • The game is tailored more toward fighting game fans and not League of Legends fans.
  • Riot Games plan to host tournaments to get pro fighters to try out the game.