What is Splitgate: Arena Warfare? - How to play and download the revolutionary new shooter - Dexerto
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What is Splitgate: Arena Warfare? – How to play and download the revolutionary new shooter

Published: 23/May/2019 18:55 Updated: 23/May/2019 19:05

by Bill Cooney

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Have you ever sat down and wondered what it would be like if Halo and Portal had a baby? Well wonder no more because 1047 Game’s new game Splitgate: Arena Warfare appears to provide an awesome answer.

Splitgate is the first flagship game for 1047 Studios and it was originally due to release on May 22, but was pushed back to May 24.

This delay was due to developers discovering several bugs that they felt could hurt the May 22 release, but they seem to be certain it will be out by 6AM PST on May 24.

1047 GamesPortals… Portals everywhere.

So, what’s Splitgate?

Like we mentioned before, imagine a game that has the gunplay of Halo 2 and the mobility provided by Portals, and you pretty much have Splitgate.

Unlike a lot of other modern shooters, Splitgate has no classes and there’s no supports or tanks – just nine different weapons players can choose from. Like Halo, it’s frag or be fragged.

What sets Splitgate apart though is definitely the Portals. They can be used to flank an enemy from almost every direction, send your character flying across the map, and a ton of other things that all look like endless fun.

Splitgate is a world apart from any other shooter to come out in 2019 and the best part? It’s releasing as a free-to-play game, so you can try it without spending a dime.

Interesting, but how do we get it?

Splitgate: Arena Warfare will be available for free on Steam starting at 6AM PST on May 24. As with most F2P games these days, it will have microtransactions, but according to developers they’ll be purely for cosmetics.

“As Splitgate evolved, we realized that players would be best served with a free-to-play model. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to play has the opportunity to do so,” said Ian Proulx, CEO and co-founder of 1047 Games. “Rest assured this will not detract from its hyper-competitive design – all items for sale in the game are purely cosmetic.”

So while you wait for Splitgate to come out, break out the Orange Box to practice your portals, fire up Halo 2 or 3 to get your gunplay down and we’ll see you in the arena – hopefully before you see us or our portals.

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Riot cracks down on Valorant smurfs with new ranked restrictions

Published: 5/Dec/2020 2:51

by Andrew Amos

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Smurfs in Valorant are increasingly becoming more of a problem. With it being free to make an account, and the conditions for ranked being easy to hit, smurfs are swarming the ladder. Riot are introducing new measures to hopefully curb their impact though.

The smurfs have Valorant’s ranked system all figured out. With no leaderboard to grind for yet, once you hit a high rank and the queue times get long, all you have to do is start a new account, AFK or surrender 20 unrated games in a row, and you’ll be back in the queues in no time.

20 games might sound like forever, but when you’re practically hands-off keyboard for the entire run, it’s a small price to pay to restart the grind. However, it makes the experience unenjoyable for the nine other players in every game on the way up.

Sova standing in Bind defender spawn in Valorant
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Valorant smurfs have been AFKing in spawn for 20 unrated games to unlock their accounts for ranked play.

In the unrated games, it sucks constantly playing 4v5. When the smurfs hit ranked, they’re often miles better than the players they are matched against early. It ruins the game for hundreds of people for every account made.

Riot is aware of this issue, and is looking at closing the loophole in patch 1.14. They want to at least make smurfs work for their alternate accounts by forcing them to win games, not just play them.

“You’ll notice that we are implementing an update in 1.14 that changes the requirements to unlock ranked mode to ‘games won’ rather than ‘games played.’ We hope this will force players who are just spam farming matches to actually participate in play and strive for wins,” developer Sara Dadafshar said in the latest Ask Valorant.

This is coming as Riot launch a mutli-pronged attack on AFK punishments. Queue cooldowns are no longer enough, with Riot considering rank penalties, and even bans, for players who consistently AFK in their games.

“We’re looking into things like rank penalties, experience mitigations, longer queue time restrictions, and even bans if it comes down to it.”

“We want to distinguish between disruptive behaviors that stem from comms and gameplay, and then penalize accordingly.”

They are also keeping their eyes on “intentionally feeding” players, who are just losing 20 games in a row to get their accounts ranked-ready. Riot urged players to report any players that are doing this, as it’ll most likely lead to punishments.