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How to solve Valorant’s Radianite Point crisis

Published: 25/Jul/2020 17:55

by Andy Williams


Radianite Points are Valorant’s secondary form of currency, that are used to evolve weapon skins in a variety of ways. But is Riot’s system inherently flawed?

For those unaccustomed to forms of currency in Valorant, players have two options on the table. The ‘primary’ currency is Valorant Points — used either to purchase cosmetics of Radianite Points.

The former — which we’ll refer to as RP — are available via exchanging your Valorant Points or levelling up your Battle Pass. So what’s the problem? Well, before delving into the problem at hand, lets first take a look at the primary means of obtaining RP — the Battle Pass.

Valorant’s Battle Pass will set you back 1,000 Valorant Points, which is around $10 (USD) or £9 — great value for money, considering the plethora of cosmetics on offer. So what about RP? That’s where things get tricky…

Radianite Points in Valorant.
Riot Games
80 RP will set you back a whopping 4,800 Valorant Points.

The Valorant Radianite crisis

If you’ve thrown some dollar into the arduous Battle Pass, you have a total of 130 RP on offer. If you’ve chosen to keep your hard-earned cash firmly in your pocket, there’s only a measly 20 RP available — providing you can make it to Level 35 of Episode 1: Act 1.

To put that into context, 20 RP will grant you two VFX upgrades on the recently released weapon skins in the Oni Collection — which will set you back a cool 7,100 Valorant Points for the whole bundle, or 1,775 per weapon.

So, as it stands, after investing almost $75 (USD) / £67, you wouldn’t be able to add a cool finisher or new variant to the skin which has just set you back a hefty chunk of change. So what’s your option?

The Oni Phantom in Valorant.
Riot Games
Finisher? Forget about it. Unless you’ve purchased the Premium Battle Pass, you’ll only have enough to purchase the second-tier VFX.

Let’s do the math…

Let’s assume Player Juan has invested into the Premium Battle Pass and has managed to grind to at least Level 27. This will have banked Player Juan 80 RP, which is enough to evolve one weapon from the Oni Collection (total cost = 75 RP).

But hang on, there’s only another 50 RP left in the Premium Battle Pass? So how would Player Juan level up the rest of their brand new collection? Yep, time to dig back into those pockets.

So providing Juan reached Level 49, while saving those 50 RP along the way — and didn’t get overzealous on a VFX for their Shorty — they’d now have 55 RP, and would need an extra 20 RP. How much, you ask? 1,600 Valorant Points…

Valorant's Oni collection.
Riot Games
The Oni Collection completely upgraded would cost 26,300 Valorant Points — leaving you with 10 RP left over.

Solving the Valorant Radianite crisis

So by now, it’s probably safe to say that you get gist: there isn’t enough RP and RP is expensive. So how is this solved? Firstly, weapon cosmetics are there to make players feel special when they put that weapon in their hand — not to remind them of how much they spent on a whim.

So why not play on this? Why not give players an opportunity to earn RP as a reward for completing their weekly challenges? Not only will this reward players with XP from their challenge, but it will also grant them the chance to bank some RP along the way.

To top things off, it would give players another reason to continue their grind after completing all 10 Chapters of the Battle Pass. Sure, you could still buy RP from the Store if you needed to top up, but overall, this would make the secondary currency much more accessible to the vast majority of Valorant’s playerbase.

Not only that, but the weapon skin would now have that ‘special feeling’ that would come off the back of earning the RP through challenges and investing them into the base level of a skin, to really add that personal touch and make it their own.

This by no means covers all of the issues will RP and weapon cosmetics in Valorant. For example, players could do with having the ability to devolve weapon upgrades that you don’t like and be reimbursed with the RP.

But for now, this is would be a good place to start. One step at a time…


How Fortnite Season 5’s leaked black hole could save the game

Published: 27/Nov/2020 14:56

by David Purcell


Fortnite has been in a state of purgatory since Chapter 2 started up, with long-running seasons, content droughts, and many of its biggest creators abandoning it for games like Warzone and Among Us. But, if the leaked black hole event is true, things could change. 

The buzz of Chapter 1 has never really returned to Epic Games‘ strange world of silent characters. There has been endless crossovers, no patch notes to show players what they could be missing out on, and generally that feeling of developers being a step ahead of the game is frankly a distant memory.

Think back to the biggest moments in history for Fortnite. This game had everybody talking about the Infinity Blade, and remember the whole streaming space fighting a corner on planes being added. There was genuine hype for each update, and there still is – just to a much, much lesser extent.

Latest leaks from Fortnite Season 5 have included everything from a crossover with The Mandalorian (and three cheers for Baby Yoda), but really it’s the black hole leak we’re crossing our fingers for. In a world of flash of the pans, we’ve seen Fall Guys, Among Us, and there will be another.

But, if Epic Games want to bring back the core audience they built in the first place, things need to change and fast. A black hole leaves many possibilities on the table, and here’s just a few.

Map changes and rotation

Tilted Towers

One thing that is for certain is the need for map changes. The Chapter 2 map has been tweaked and moved around, with new POIs coming in, though if we think back to the tremendous expansions and shifts for Chapter 1 – it’s been insignificant.

Remember how the island adapted and completely froze over for Season 7, or even the Season 8 introduction of a volcano. We had robots being built on the tallest parts of the map, and rockets ready to fire us into space. With a black hole comes the opportunity to take us back to those crazy times, or even have a map rotation that occurs periodically – much like Apex Legends – that allows us access to play both Chapters at one time.

This would mix things up and keep gameplay fresh in Fortnite Season 5, rotating between the two and having them both connected.

New weapons and items

rocket launcher fn
Epic Games
It’s about time classic weapons came back, but that’s not all.

The crazy and often mindboggling nature of new weapons/items has faded away. Every change used to spark a debate or catch the eye. Lately, it’s been as underwhelming and as irrelevant a game than at any other time in its history. It doesn’t have to be this way, though.

There’s nothing really stopping Epic from going crazy once again though. Whether people liked it or not, that’s what got people playing it in the first place. From one week to the next, you didn’t know if you were playing the same game. It changed so rapidly, and a big part of that was mixing up the loot.

Throw a spanner in the works, an item or ability that makes you first-person while holding it. Bring back rocket launchers and take us back to simpler times. Add guns and items we’ve never seen before, to shake up the meta.

Abandon superheroes in Fortnite Season 5, once and for all

Galactus and Marvel hereos in fortnite
Epic Games
Superhero content appears to be approaching a natural end in Fortnite – at least, we’re hoping so.

Last on our wish list is basically to scrap this superhero obsession. The franchise has moved from crossover to crossover, working with some of the biggest franchises in history to bring their characters to life in-game.

That’s all well and good, but has it really made the game better to play? Sure, you can now choose to jump in as one of the Avengers or Aquaman, but the story doesn’t have to be built around that. The great thing about map developments and gameplay differences in the early seasons was that not one person knew what was happening next. You would be glued to leaker accounts and sniffing around for new details.

Next up on the Fortnite calendar is the Galactus event – we know that for certain.

For quite some time now, we’ve known what the Galactus event was going to be all about, and of course, there’s some hype. But it’s all pretty predictable. The heroes will be under siege, pull something out of the bag, and we’ll all escape the world eater by some miracle to kick off Fortnite Season 5.

The first black hole had everybody gripped and you won’t recreate that sense of wonder. Some people thought the game was just ending. This time, if the leaks are to be true, let’s hope the black hole adds never-before-seen map changes.

If it doesn’t happen now, there’s a good chance that when it eventually does happen, hardly anybody will care anymore. This game needs a refresh now.