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What is Valorant?

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Over the past several months, hype has been building in the esports and gaming world for an upcoming game that was previously codenamed Project A. However, it has now been announced that the game will actually be called Valorant. Riot Games, the powerhouse that have created League of Legends, TFT and all of the other exciting new things in the League universe are the ones making this new title. But, the question is, what is it?

Valorant has been described as “a precise tactical shooter with a lethal cast of characters, set on a near-future Earth. In Project A, abilities create unique opportunities for your gunplay to shine.” This description comes from the official Valorant page which, at the current moment, is near-barren. But, within this description, there are some terms and phrases that need to be broken down.

First, Valorant’s genre is an FPS or First-Person Shooter akin to Call of Duty, Overwatch, Halo and Counter-Strike (CS:GO). Its description as a “tactical shooter” as well as early video footage confirms that. So, players familiar with that genre should feel right at home in this game.

Next, this game will contain a “lethal cast of characters” and “abilities create unique opportunities for your gunplay to shine.” These quotes actually speak volumes about the kind of game fans should expect Valorant to be. It will not simply be a shooter with only gunplay like Call of Duty, it will have a cast of characters and those characters will be able to do more than just shoot. However, while Overwatch is a game where abilities are the primary difference maker and often the keys to victory, it seems that Valorant’s abilities will take a backseat to the gunplay.

Otherwise, the game’s setting on a “near-future Earth” doesn’t signal much else outside of the races of the characters. It’s likely that, unlike Overwatch, all of that playable characters in Valorant will be humanoids and the maps will look much like Earth today appears.

As far as the anticipated release, cost and other details about Valorant, there isn’t much else. The game is rumored to be coming to beta soon, with an official launch slotted for Summer of 2020. It is likely that it will be free-to-play with a battle pass of some sort to monetize cosmetic items.



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