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How to watch the next big Valorant announcement during Summer Game Fest

Published: 21/May/2020 2:56

by Brad Norton


We’re now entering week six of Valorant’s closed beta and Riot Games appears to be gearing up for a major update on what’s coming next for their FPS title, to be revealed during the next Summer Game Fest stream.

As players grow accustomed to Valorant’s ranked playlist, and new regions come online in the closed beta, it looks as though even more sizable updates are on the horizon, which are set to be unveiled in a big broadcast this week.

Executive Producer Anna Donlon and Game Director Joe Ziegler will be joining industry icon Geoff Keighley to reveal what’s next on May 21. Here’s how you can tune in to the announcement during the Summer Game Fest livestream.

How to watch the big Valorant announcement

Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest is a four-month celebration of the industry, bringing together some of the biggest developers around the globe. It’s here that Riot will be lifting the lid on Valorant’s next major changes and additions.

The broadcast is expected to kick off on Thursday, May 21 at 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT / 4 PM BST. You can tune into the stream on The Game Awards YouTube channel embedded below.


What can Valorant players expect from the big reveal?

Instead of sharing the news themselves, the faces of Valorant’s development team are taking to a bigger stage. Instead of a simple balance update, this could indicate that a great deal of new content will be unveiled.

We already know that a fourth map is in the works and potentially coming together in the Practice Range already. Two additional Agents are also set to be included at the full release of the game. Both of which may have slipped through the cracks early; one being a vampire-themed figure and the other called ‘Bombshell.’

There’s a good chance that some of this leaked content could be officially revealed during the broadcast. Perhaps even all of it at once, as Riot gears up for the game’s impending full release.

Speaking of which, Valorant is still expected to release in the summer of 2020. No date has been set just yet, but that could all be officially locked in place during the upcoming Summer Game Fest live stream too.

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Could a new map be right around the corner?

Valorant’s developers have had plenty of critical bugs to squash of late, but that’s clearly not deterring them from the next big reveal. Stay tuned for all the big announcements right here at Dexerto as the broadcast comes online.


Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin


Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

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Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.