Riot Games has been butting heads with Valve for dominance of the MOBA genre, with League of Legends and Dota 2 both deeply entrenched at this point. Now Riot is looking to take on another one of Valve’s top games.
During the League of Legends 10th Anniversary installment of Riot Pls, the developer revealed a slew of new games ranging from a mobile port of Teamfight Tactics to a new fighting game. The most surprising reveal was a new tactical shooter that seems to be taking aim at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
In an announcement that threw shade at almost every other prominent game publisher in existence, Riot Games Executive Producer Anna Donlon revealed Project A.
What is Riot Games’ Project A?
Donlon described Project A as a “character-based tactical shooter” that is “competitive” with “precise gunplay.” The gameplay seems similar to that of CSGO, with players fighting around areas that seem similar to bombsites.
The key difference between Project A and CSGO is that the game also seems to incorporate elements of hero shooters like Overwatch and Team Fortress 2. The gameplay shown features a player resurrecting an ally, placing walls between themselves and enemy players, and lifting up into the air to throw deadly projectiles.
Project A not related to League of Legends, addresses tick rates and peeker’s advantage
Though many of the other games shown off during Riot Pls were spin-offs to League of Legends, Project A does not seem to be related to the franchise. The game takes place in a near-futuristic version of Earth and has a cast of characters that does not seem to be related to any of LoL’s champions.
After outlining some of the basic details of the game, Donlon then sprayed the block when it came to Project A’s future competitors. Making thinly veiled references to CSGO, Rainbow 6, and Apex Legends, Donlon talked about “solving the right problems,” and discussed how Project A will not have bullets fail to register due to low server tick rates and combating peaker’s advantage.
Project A price, release date, and details remain a mystery
This is all very exciting, but players shouldn’t start uninstalling games quite yet. Project A is still likely very far away from release.
No details on the game’s release date, price point, or even platforms were revealed. The game doesn’t even have an official name yet.
Donlon stated that the Project A team is “going heads-down for a while,” adding that fans can look forward to hearing more from her in 2020.