It’s taken a little bit of waiting but we now know that Riot Games will be launching a new first-person shooter this year, called Valorant.
Known as Project A until today, Valorant is a competitive 5v5 character-based tactical shooter for the PC which will be getting a full beta test in the future.
No dates have been announced for the Valorant closed beta testing but we do have a rough release schedule for the full game.
Riot Games has announced today that Valorant will launch around the globe during Summer 2020.
This provides the development team with plenty of time to decide what the final launch schedule will be for Valorant.
And it also means that the beta testing could drop whenever it is needed, meaning we could be hearing more about in March.
The good news is that Valorant will stick to its original Project A plans and be a free-to-play game.
That means everyone will be able to download and play it, with Riot Games confirming they are hoping to optimise Valorant to perform on a wide variety of PC hardware, allowing for a global audience to compete.
For those that might not have heard much about Valorant yet, the basis of gameplay features two teams of attackers and defenders duking it out over a best-of-24-rounds clash.
The game is set on a near-future Earth, where players can choose from al cast of agents, all hailing from real-world locations
These agents boast unique abilities that they can use to gather information, fortify locations, scout for enemy intel, breach defensive sites, control territory, and more.
“Throughout VALORANT’s development, we wanted to uphold the fundamental values of a competitive tactical shooter: precise shooting, lethal gunplay, and strategic execution,” said the game’s Executive Producer, Anna Donlon.
“By adding unique character abilities that complement the game’s gunplay we believe we’re expanding upon the traditional tac shooter experience and bringing something new to the genre – and we hope the launch of Valorant will be the start of a long-term relationship with tactical FPS fans from around the world.”
A further statement conveys more about the new gaming project, which has also received a new trailer today.
“Because ensuring high-fidelity gameplay and maintaining competitive integrity matter the most in Valorant, Riot Games invested in an unprecedented, best-in-class technical back-end to support the game, including: dedicated 128-tick servers for all global players, for free; a custom-built netcode in pursuit of precise hit registration; server authoritative game architecture and proprietary anti-cheat prevention and detection from day one.
“Valorant is highly consequential, so players should know for certain that their win or loss is the sole outcome of their own skill and strategy.
“Known only so far by its codename “Project A,” Valorant is a free-to-play game of precise skill, high stakes, lethal gameplay, and clutch moments that rewards creative gameplay styles.