Riot Games’ multiplayer FPS Valorant is officially unveiled with new screens, details, and gameplay footage

    
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Bnurgh.

Looks like the cat has been officially released from the bag. Valorant, the CSGO-like multiplayer FPS that was hitherto known as Project A, has been officially unveiled with some new details shared by the devs.

Information available now confirms Valorant as a 5v5 competitive FPS with gameplay beats similar to CSGO in that one team has a bomb (here called a Spike) and the other plays defense. Attackers must plant the Spike and defend it while it explodes, while defenders have to wait out the clock.

The bigger wrinkle that Valorant has is the character aspect, with characters having their own unique single-use abilities that do things like create smoke screens, blind other players, revive and heal allies, or even scout an area. Before each round, players can buy both new weapons (unless they didn’t die, in which case their loadout carries over) as well as abilities. Time-to-kill in the game is described as fast, with most targets able to be taken out by a well-placed headshot with the right weapon. The entire thing reads like a mixture of CSGO and Overwatch. All of this effectively confirms a number of leaks that dropped in February.

Valorant will be a free-to-play game when it releases, with monetization focused on gun skins that players can purchase directly or in packs. There will not be any lootboxes in the game, and there are no plans for character skins for the time being. A closed beta is planned for sometime in the future, while full launch is expected at some point in the summer of 2020. There’s some gameplay footage available below, as well as a number of leaked screenshots that accidentally were unveiled by IGN.

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mysecretid

“Valorant”??? Don’t they mean “Valorous”? Or was that one already trademarked by someone else?

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Crowe

Looks like the teenagers might like it… I’m too old/slow to play something like that though. I’d prefer a MMO.

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Giggilybits

Should have made an MMO.

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allwynd_01

I’m glad they didn’t and made this instead. I will be playing the crap out of it when I get my hands on it. Looks like it will become my main game from now on.

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TherecDaMage .

I just don’t get how this is supposed to pull people away from TF2, CSGO, Overwatch, or whatever their team-based shooter of choice is. Nothing really looks innovative or unique. It just seems like something streamers will play for a few weeks before everyone returns to the games that already have huge followings.

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IronSalamander8 .

My thoughts as well. The hero shooter market is already pretty tight, the population is split among the many games out there and some just die off (like Battleborn). Some have their loyal fans that keep them going (like me with the PvZ shooters), but CS:GO and TF2 are huge on Steam and watching this game, it looks uninspired and unless they add more characters quickly, 8 (I believe it was 8) characters right now is not enough for this style of game.

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Sorenthaz

It’s new and it’s Riot. They’re probably just hoping to pull their LoL audience over to it and then try to get more folks into it from there.

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IronSalamander8 .

I love team based character shooters; all 3 Plants vs. Zombies shooters, Paladins and Team Fortress 2 are all great games. This looks rather drab by comparison and I’m not exactly a fan of Riot games as it is. This is one of those; “If friends get it and they like it I may try it, but otherwise I’ll pass.” games.

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agemyth 😩

Looks really bland so far, but I’m sure they will spice things up with gaudy gun skins, character skins, particle effects, and characters calling out their skills and dancing constantly.

I’m getting more and more grossed out by gun fetishism in games these days (a change in my own taste more than a change in the way games treat murder tools as toys) and Valorant seems to want to be CSGO when it grows up, so I assume a good deal of the monetization will revolve around decorating guns.

Looks like not my cup of tea at least until they introduce more game modes.

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Armsbend

The story of Valorant. Pay streamers for a two week fake buzz bump to disappear into nothingness. Autochess didn’t save the industry – nor will a CS clone.

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Yea, pretty much.