Gaming

Is Valorant coming to mobile? Everything we know so far

Published: 18/Oct/2020 18:04

by Luke Edwards

Share


Could Valorant be shifting from our computer screens to our mobile phones? A wealth of evidence suggests a portable version of the popular FPS is in the works. Here’s all the clues we have so far.

We know Riot is keen on diversifying from producing PC games and into the world of consoles and mobile, as the development of League of Legends: Wild Rift has shown. However, that game was built from the ground up with mobile in mind.

Could Valorant could be following in its footsteps? As Riot’s first foray into first-person shooters, the game is only currently available on PC, where it was intended for all along. Of course, console players have been waiting patiently for news on their platforms ever since launch.

But what about mobile? There are in fact some strong hints suggesting Riot is at the very least considering a mobile version of future earth.

Valorant mobile coding

Several data miners have found evidence of a mobile port hidden in the game files. ValorantExpress discovered device profiles for the iPhoneX and iPhoneXS within the 1.09 patch notes.

Meanwhile, @ValorantLeaks spotted what looks like combat coding. This suggests the idea of a mobile port of the main game, rather than just a companion to the PC version.

While we’re yet to find concrete evidence that it would also be coded for android, it seems unlikely that Riot would make it an iOS exclusive.

Riot’s ambitions

Riot has made no secret about its desire to expand into console and mobile gaming. League of Legends: Wild Rift, a mobile and console version of LoL, is preparing to enter the regional open beta phase, which will be expanded to a regional open beta on October 27.

Plus, Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent has tweeted about his excitement about the potential of 5G and mobile gaming. Adding to a 5G discussion video for network provider Verizon, he said: “We’ll bring games on mobile we never would have considered before.”

And in an interview with USGamer about a Valorant console port, Riot’s Game Director Joe Ziegler said: “We have teams that are working on it right now.”

It’s likely they’re still in the preliminary stages of development, however. Before they begin fully forming the game, Ziegler believes they should ask: “Is the game even enjoyable on those platforms?”

Screenshots

We’ve seen evidence of mobile port files conflicting with PC files on touchscreen laptops, causing a potential mobile UI to appear on a laptop monitor. Software engineer Riot Boo replied to one report with implied prior knowledge of the bug:

There’s also this screenshot, posted by reddit user u/bhristofer. Could these really be the controls planned for mobile gameplay?

Valorant mobile gameplay
bhristofer (Reddit)
Porting Valorant over to mobile is no easy task, considering it was designed with the PC player in mind.

Riot’s priorities right now will lie in boosting the PC playerbase and establishing Valorant as a popular esport. But there’s a lot suggesting we could be playing Valorant on our phones at some stage in the future.

FIFA

How to complete Gonzalo Higuain Flashback SBC in FIFA 21: requirements, solutions, cost

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:20 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 19:31

by Bill Cooney

Share


EA SPORTS has unveiled a new Ultimate Team Flashback SBC for Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, and we’ve got the requirements, cheapest solutions, total cost, in-game stats, and everything else you need to complete it quickly and cheaply.

It’s been a few weeks but we’ve finally received another Flashback SBC in FUT, this time for storied Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain who now plays stateside for Inter Miami.

This new card is meant to celebrate his prolific 2009-2010 LaLiga Santander season where Higuain scored 29 total goals to lead Real Madrid in the category and have the second most in LaLiga behind Messi himself. It’s typically considered a high point in his career and that’s certainly reflected in this card’s upgraded stats.

Everything you need to unlock this new Flashback item can be found below, starting with the in-game stats, to help you determine whether or not he’s worth it.

Gonzalo Higuain Flashback SBC in-game stats

FUTBIN
Stats for Higuain’s new Flashback card.

First things first, Gonzalo’s Pace has been supercharged here, going from 65 on his current Gold card to 89 here, an increase of 24 points overall.

Dribbling also gets a decent upgrade up to 86 from 80, and Shooting is at 88 here instead of 85 like normal. This card is easily a massive upgrade, but it’s up to you to decide if the price is right.

Gonzalo Higuain Flashback SBC requirements & cost

As far as SBCs go, this one is fairly cheap, compared to some others that we’ve seen come out lately. All together it should run you about 80,000 to 95,000 FUT to complete, depending on which platform you play on.

That being said, there is only one set of requirements to knock out as well if you decide to unlock this card. Here are the requirements:

  • Number of players from Real Madrid: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 65
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11

Gonzalo Higuain Flashback SBC cheapest solutions

Here are the two cheapest solutions we could find for this SBC, neither requiring any loyalty or position change cards.

Gonzalo Higuain Flashback SBC expiration date

If you’re still on the fence about completing this SBC, you don’t have that much time to make up your mind as it will only be around for another 7 days until Saturday, January 23.

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter, @UltimateTeamUK, for all the latest FIFA 21 news, guides, leaks, and more. If you do unlock Higuain, send us a clip and let us know how he’s working out!