Riot Confirms There Will Be No Project L Beta in 2021
Though the hype for Project L is real, there will be no private or public beta tests in 2021. Project L, the upcoming Riot Games’ League of Legends fighting game, recently held some in-person tests. A handful of pro players got to get their hands on the game, which naturally led to speculation on an open or closed beta. It’s a terrific way to get more pros in the fighting game scene, as well as advertise an upcoming fighting game. Unfortunately, it seems that Riot Games doesn’t think they need to walk that route. That may be speculation, but sadly, we can confirm that there will be no beta tests for 2021 for Project L, as per Riot.
Confirmation Comes From Tom Cannon
When the then-in-development fighter Rising Thunder was bought out by Riot Games, there was so much curiosity. Would they keep the original design of awesome robots knocking each other around or use their IP? A League of Legends fighting game seemed like it would be the future. As one of the people who took part in Rising Thunder’s beta tests, I was incredibly excited.
League of Legends has fantastic, over-the-top characters that would benefit from a fighting game, but there are so many of them. We here at Esports Talk were interested in taking a crack at it, but that doesn’t seem possible this year.
Tom Cannon of Riot Games had this to say on Twitter. “Glad you’re hype for Project L. The game is on track with many core systems in place, but we still have a ways to go. Pls do not expect a beta (public or private) any time soon, and def. not this year. We’re planning a dev update for around the end of this year to share more about the game. Until then, sit tight!”
While I’m glad for the update, it’s unfortunate we have to keep waiting, even if “many core systems” are ready. In April, a select group tried it in-person in Los Angeles, but that’s all that will probably get a chance to try it outside of Riot Games employees. If there are more of these styles of events, it will likely remain in-person in Los Angeles only. This is probably to minimize any information getting out until Riot Games wants it to. The potential for success a League of Legends fighting game has is huge, bringing two huge communities together.
One solution could have been to do what Rising Thunder did. It would drop a client with 1-2 characters, and the testers could get a feel for what was being worked on. That may be too much for Riot Games, as the game could be in a constant state of flux.
However, it just seems like we’ll have to wait until late 2021/sometime in 2022 to learn more for a potential Project L beta. If all goes well in development, Taric will not only be playable but nearly unstoppable. So far, this writer’s only seen the screencap of Ahri and Darius, but there are so many potential characters. Who would you like to see in the game? We’d love to hear back from you on social media!