This year, we''ve finally received our first piece of Project L news, and it''s a big one. Project L will be free to play, although this may not come as a surprise to Riot Games enthusiasts, but in the AAA fighting game scene this is a major leap. In addition, the mystical bruiser Illaoi has also joined the base roster of the game, according to a dedicated blog post.
The video also gives a brief update on the game''s progress. The core gameplay development is finished, leaving character development, competitive or social features, as well. While Tom stated, we operate with one approach, but we will not do it. When it comes to monetization, we promise to be respectful of your time and your wallet.
There are still unanswered huge budget-driving games out there that have taken the leap into a free-to-play model. MultiVersus is the most popular and most recent example and although it may have reached the moon with 100,000 concurrent PC players on launch, its impossible to discern what percentage of success comes from the free cost of entry or the colourful cast. However, not having to pay to play is a huge advantage for the titles'' accessibility.
Fans of Illaoi will be pleased to hear they are sticking with the melee powerhouse feel that the character oozes in the MOBA in the aforementioned blogpost. According to game designer Caroline Riot Shyvana Montano, it would probably be a Big Body Juggernaut. An overwhelming battering ram who has the power of a god behind her.
For those who aren''t very deep with the fighting game genre, a Juggernaut character fits somewhere between a grappler and a rushdown character in sense - as if Zangief and Balrog from Street Fighter had a baby. This means big hits and significant damage, paired with a bliming move speed.
While we haven''t seen Illaoi in action yet, there''s a possibility that new character updates may be coming sooner than the pre-ordained big updates from Tom Cannons'' mouth. In the same blog post, Sean Rivera writes, check back later on in her process with devs from areas such as animation, visual effects, and audio to see how everyone''s favorite big bodied, spirit tentacle-using juggernaut is developing.
With that said, we have gotten one last big update from Project L this year! It remains to be seen whether characters contain further information or a final name announcement. Either way, we were eager to hear more!
Check out our links to Project L on Five League of Legends characters we''d like to see, as well as our article on whether Project L is at all levels.