UPDATE: The Valorant launch time has been officially revealed by Riot Games.
According to a new post on Twitter, the game will be unlocked at 5am BST if you’re playing in the UK.
This means the launch update will be available on the morning of June 2.
ORIGINAL: The bad news is that Valorant’s closed beta has come to an end on PC. The good news is that we’re within touching distance of the game’s full release date.
Valorant has been given a June 2 release date on PC. There’s no official launch time, but based on the closed beta timings, there’s a good chance it will be unlocked at 1pm BST in the UK.
Needless to say, Valorant will launch alongside a huge update that makes big fixes based on the closed beta feedback.
According to the early patch notes, Riot will make improvements to hit registration and in-game blood.
The news was confirmed by Riot Games on Twitter: “We will not be patching again before launch, since servers come down so soon.
“BUT, launch will contain fixes and improvements to many of the issues you’ve been reporting on, including hit registration feeling off, disabled blood & much more. Patch notes will be included!”
Judging by a recent Riot blog post, the company will also look at general game balance, exploits and maybe even a new game mode.
“We heard you on issues with movement vs. walking accuracy, as well as times when it seems like enemies are swinging out and getting headshots while still appearing to be on the run,” Riot explains.
“The beta has also allowed us the ability to help define what are acceptable play patterns and what aren’t – i.e. when is a play legit and ingenious vs. when is it a glitch or an exploit.
“We’ve seen some very creative uses of ability combos and pixel perfect placements that go outside of our expectations for the competitive integrity of the game, and now feel confident we can react quickly when new issues arise, as well as solving more fundamental exploits on maps.”
New game modes, additional agents and brand new maps are also in the works, although it’s unclear how much new content will be available with the launch update.
“Outside of general game balance, one of the largest requests we’ve heard is that VALORANT is an intense game to play, and there’s not much reprieve from it,” Riot continues.
“Having an alternative game mode by launch (or a few weeks thereafter) is on our to-do list, and we have a team thinking about what an ongoing rotation of game modes might look like.
“From the beginning, we’ve always known this is the beginning of the marathon, not the end, and have been actively working on our next few months of the game. This includes things like new agents, new maps, new skins, and new ways to compete. No spoilers, but they’re coming. This year’s going to be a fun one.”
Elsewhere, fans can expect community guidelines designed to discourage disruptive behaviour.
Check out the list below for some of the guideline features Riot Games is working on…