League of Legends developer Riot Games is working on a new tactical shooter called Project A.
We don’t know much about the game at this point (even the name sounds like a placeholder), but we do know that this title will not be set in the League of Legends universe. Considering that many of Riot’s other spin-offs do occur in that universe, this makes Project A quite the departure for the company.
It’s incredibly difficult to give you an accurate idea of what to expect from Project A considering that Riot doesn’t exactly seem ready to talk about the game in a meaningful and substantial way, but early information indicates that the title is set on Earth and may fall somewhere between Overwatch and Counter-Strike. Characters will have unique abilities, but it doesn’t appear at this time that those abilities may be quite as dramatic as those seen in Overwatch. The team did state, though, that they want these abilities to afford players a greater array of tactical options.
Project A will be a competitive shooter experience, but even that doesn’t really tell us much. After all, there are all kinds of competitive shooter experiences out there. Our best guess would be that the game will emphasize team-based objective play, but a more traditional deathmatch-style option certainly isn’t out of the question.
This is a fascinating pivot project for Riot. Overwatch is still a great game that’s getting a lot of attention again due to its Switch port and the Overwatch League, but its popularity peak may be behind it. Counter-Strike is still wildly popular, but it hasn’t really been a favorite of the more mainstream competitive shooter crowd in a while.
If Project A is going after that marketplace, then this would certainly appear to be the opportune time to do so. We’ll soon see whether Project A is able to make a splash among competitive shooter fans as the game is currently scheduled to release sometime late in 2020 with a beta period that should be available a little earlier in the year.
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