For years, the fighting game community’s eyes were on the upcoming game by Riot Games for the FGC. The plan was to make a fighting game using the world of Arcane, the popular League of Legends show. The result? Project L, a fighting game that had its first playtest at EVO 2023. Going into the new year, however, the team decided it’s time to take on a new name. Project L will now be known as 2XKO.
New Name, Same Vision
2XKO looks to be the next evolution of 2v2 fighting games. Just as a refresher, 2XKO is a 2D fighting game that aims to deliver a fast-paced and accessible experience for both casual and hardcore fans. Players can choose from a roster of champions, each with their own unique abilities and play styles, and team up with a partner to unleash devastating combos and special moves.
The game is designed to be easy to pick up and play, with simple inputs and three attack buttons. However, the game also offers depth and complexity for those who want to master its mechanics.
A Look Into 2024
Tom Cannon, Co-Founder of EVO, and Executive Producer for 2KXO, come on to talk about the future of the title. 2XKO is still in development and is expected to launch in 2025 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and X, and PC. However, Riot Games has announced that it will be hosting playable demos across the world in 2024, starting with EVO Japan in April. The developer also plans to start at-home playtesting before the end of the year, and invites interested players to sign up on their website.
2XKO is Riot Games’ latest venture into new genres, following the success of Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, and Valorant. The game is also part of Riot’s 15-year anniversary celebration.
2XKO is set to be one of the most anticipated fighting games of the decade, and fans can expect more details in the coming months. Stay tuned for more news and updates on X and Youtube, and get ready to enter the arena.