Valorant

Is Project A’s real name Valorant? Cryptic hints lead to speculation

by Michael Gwilliam
Riot Games

Some recent clues seem to suggest the real name of Riot Game’s upcoming FPS title “Project A.”

Some big-eyed Twitter users spotted that Riot Games registered a trademark for “Valorant” on February 20.

Under the “Classes and terms” section of the trademark filing, there are several classes of note including video game software, figures, broadcasting. and esports competitions.

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Players can use a block of ice to temporarily block off areas of the map, while summoning a secondary character (left).

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If Valorant is indeed Project A then it would seem that Riot has plans for plenty of lore to accompany the title and it won't be strictly a hero-shooter.

While this alone may not seem like much, a Twitter account “PlayValorant” was created in February but has yet to make any tweets along with a Twitch account with the same graphical style.

Dexerto performed a password reset request on the PlayValorant account and discovered that the email used to create the Twitter begins with the letter R and has enough characters to be a @Riotgames.com address.

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Is Valorant Project A's real name?

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Project A was first revealed during the League of Legends 10-year anniversary broadcast and has many veteran developers working on it, including CSGO map-maker Sal 'Volcano' Garozzo.

The hero-based FPS is inspired from titles such as Overwatch, CSGO, Apex Legends and Team Fortress, but is going for its own unique approach.

No beta release date has been announced as of yet, but Counter-Strike commentator Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer was invited by Riot to test the game and called it the "best game" he's played since Counter-Strike.

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Could the "V" on the gloves stand for Valorant?

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In his brief review, HenryG praised the game's map design and stated that 'abilities' “should be seen as tactical utility instead of potentially overpowered spell/ultimate combinations that other class-based games suffer from.”

Meanwhile, G2 Esports streamer Joel ‘Orb’ Kumlin, who tested the game in Dublin estimated that it will release sometime in 2020.