2XKO: Riot Games’ Upcoming Tag-Team Fighting Game – Everything You Need to Know


After a week of excitement, Riot Games’ Project L has been officially named 2XKO on Feb 22.

2XKO is an upcoming 2D tag-team fighting game from Riot Games, which is part of the League of Legends universe.

Unlike traditional one-on-one fighters (like Street Fighters), 2XKO introduces a unique team-based gameplay mechanic (similar to Marvel vs Capcom) that emphasizes communication and coordination between players.

Each team consists of two characters, and players can switch between them during matches, creating dynamic and strategic combat scenarios.

Why is 2XKO Generating Excitement in the FGC?

The Fighting Game Community (FGC) is abuzz with anticipation for 2XKO for several reasons.

  • Game’s 2v2 assist and tag system is a fresh take on the genre, promising to shake up the competitive scene with its emphasis on teamwork and strategy.
  • Inclusion of popular League of Legends characters is a significant draw for fans of the MOBA, who can now experience their favorite champions in a new and exciting way.

Here are all the confirmed characters so far:

  1. Jinx
  2. Ekko
  3. Darius
  4. Ahri
  5. Katarina
  6. Illaoi
  7. Yasuo

What is 2XKO’s assist and tag system

2XKO is an “assist-based fighter game,” where the player selects not just one, but two champions to aid each other in battle.

This setup includes a ‘Point’ champion, the primary fighter, and an ‘Assist’ character, who can be swapped in using a ‘tag’ system.

So far three types of tag actions have been confirmed:

  1. Assist Actions
  2. The Handshake Tag
  3. The Dynamic Save

2XKO Netcode

Riot Games promises a highly responsive system similar to offline play in its debut 2XKO video.

They will implement rollback networking, augmented by Riot Direct’s internal network.

This ensures that even if your opponent encounters lag, it won’t impact your gameplay.

When Can We Expect to Play 2XKO?

According to Riot Games, 2XKO is slated for a 2025 release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S|X, and PC via Steam.

The developers have announced plans for playable demos at various gaming events throughout 2024, including Evo Japan in April and Summer Game Fest on June 7.

Additionally, Riot Games plans to start at-home playtesting later this year, with interested gamers able to sign up on the official 2XKO website.

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