Gaming

Is Valorant coming to mobile? Everything we know so far

Published: 18/Oct/2020 18:04

by Luke Edwards

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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:

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

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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.

Fortnite

Mongraal kicked from FNCS match after bizarre Fortnite vault bug

Published: 18/Oct/2020 17:57

by Daniel Cleary

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FaZe Fortnite pro Kyle ‘Mongraal’ Jackson was left stunned after he was removed from an FNCS Week 2 session for an unusual bug with the Stark Industries vault.

With the FNCS starting to ramp up again for the Season 4 finals, many of the top players will be looking to battle it out and qualify for the Fortnite playoffs on October 29.

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FaZe Clan star Mongraal is regularly seen near the top in the FNCS’ European events, but while competing in the second week of the Season 4 tournament, the Fornite pro was surprisingly removed from one of the games.

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Mongraal discovered a bug with the Stark Industries vault while competing in the FNCS.

After dropping into the first match of the FNCS Week 2 Trios session, Mongraal, along with teammates Mitr0 and Tayson, landed at the Stark Industries POI to kick off the game.

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The new Marvel point-of-interest, which was added in Season 4, features one of the few vaults on the map and can be a great place to pick up some early loot, if it is not contested by another team.

However, after killing the Iron Man boss and grabbing the keycard, Mongraal was surprisingly kicked from the game when trying to open up the vault door.

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“I just got kicked, no!” he reacted, realizing that his chances of picking up points in the tournament, and earning a good placing, had become even more difficult.

While the Fortnite error code did not give an exact reason why he was removed from the match, he claimed that it was likely due to him meleeing the Vault, “It’s because I was spamming the door.”

As players have come up with some unusual ways to glitch in and out of the vault without keycards, it is possible that Epic Games could have set up countermeasures to prevent players from cheating in competitive playlists, like the FNCS sessions, and it may have been triggered by him rushing to get in the door.

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Despite being kicked from the first game, Mongraal was not banned from the FNCS event and was able to rejoin his teammates in the second match to continue their tournament run.

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