It's hard to replicate the impact of Counter-Strike. Despite many attempts, the former mod is now its own standalone series, and its most recent entry—Counter-Strike: Global Offensive—is still played in tournaments around the globe.
When Riot Games rolled out its massive announcement of multiple new games, Project A was among them. Described as a "character-based tactical shooter set in a near-future Earth," it's really hard to not see the overt Counter-Strike influence.
Announcing "Project A", our character-based tactical shooter set in a near-future Earth. pic.twitter.com/wqEXl0Hxbn- Riot Games (@riotgames) October 16, 2019
It's not too unfounded, from the sounds of it. Henry "HenryG" Greer, a former Counter-Strike pro and current commentator, tweeted a thread today where he discussed Project A. Riot EU reportedly invited him and several other Counter-Strike players to spend a day playing the tactical shooter, and while he says more specifics are coming later, he did share some broad takes of Riot's newcomer to the genre.
While similar to Counter-Strike in presentation (round-based, five-on-five, "defusion" game type with two bomb sites and offense / defense), Project A also comes with the wrinkle of abilities. According to Greer, Project A combines tactical shooter with "the better (and slightly diluted) elements of class/hero based FPS games such as Overwatch or Apex Legends."
One of the most exciting elements of the game to me was the map design. They have been beautifully created and follow Counter-strikesque familiar lanes and choke points. With the focus on game-play substance, rather than flowery aesthetics.- HenryG (@HenryGcsgo) February 11, 2020
These abilities, as Greer tweets, "should be seen as tactical utility" and need to, "generally speaking," be purchased at the start of the round just like weaponry. It sounds like Project A also places emphasis on the in-game economy, with purchasing less firepower for a round as a tradeoff to buy big for later rounds.
The whole thread is worth reading if you're interested, but Project A sounds like it's going to be an interesting new competitor in the tactical shooter space. Other popular games like Overwatch and Apex don't offer the same experience Counter-Strike does, and Project A comes with the backing of Riot Games.
Greer proclaims Project A is "the best game" he's played since Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Now that Riot Games is moving beyond League of Legends to establish a much larger presence, in new games and even third-party publishing, it might finally put some big competition in the space against the likes of Rainbow Six Siege and Counter-Strike.