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Riot confirm Valorant skin ‘devolve’ feature coming in future update

Published: 8/Aug/2020 13:25

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games have confirmed that the ability to toggle weapon skin levels will be coming to Valorant in the future, giving players more cosmetic customization options.

Riot’s Future Earth first-person shooter is brimming with funky cosmetics to meet all tastes. Whether you like the simple and clean aesthetic or something more adventurous, there’s something to tickle your fancy among Valorant’s skins.

Valorant’s Act 2 Battlepass has been praised for the diversity of skins being introduced for the relatively small price of 1,000 Valorant Points. But one area that remains under scrutiny from the community, is Riot’s approach to skin progressions — or more specifically, the currency required to evolve these skins.

While we’ve offered an insight into how the Radianite Point crisis could be solved, it looks like an upcoming feature might offer a solution to players’ Radianite woes.

Vandal Prime skin in Valorant.
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Players have the ability to ‘evolve’ their cosmetic, with each level representing a unique progression from the base level of the skin in question.

Riot adding option to toggle weapon skins

Picture this. You invested into the Glitchpop skin bundle and upgraded to the highest level available to unlock each skin variant. As it stands, you have to buy each tier (including additional VFX) before you can reach the alternate skin variants… But what if you’re not a fan of the VFX?

Well, it looks like Riot have considered this, and will be adding the option to ‘toggle’ between weapon skin levels. So if you buy up the highest tier, you won’t necessarily be stuck with that variant and the corresponding VFX.

Valorant Producer, Preeti ‘Preeti’ Khanolkar, replied to a query from a player asking whether it would be possible to devolve an upgraded weapon back to its base level. To which the Riot dev directed them to a recent community-driven Q&A article.

Within the article, Preeti explained that toggling between levels is something that is on the horizon. “What is more feasible is enabling the option for a player to toggle between all the levels of a skin they own. This way, if you own a Level 4 Elderflame Operator, you can still toggle down to Levels 1-3, rather than being stuck only using Level 4.”

“A system like this takes time to build and means that the engineers working on it aren’t tackling other equally important gameplay needs. All that said, we recognize the value in Skin Level Toggling, and it’s something we want to invest in.

While being able to downgrade cosmetics will offer additional customization options to players, it might also offer Riot a way of solving the Radianite Point crisis by reimbursing players with the currency initially spent on evolving their skins.

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Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal

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A Valorant developer gave weight to the idea of map-specific queues after Icebox’s mixed reception made it difficult for some to get any meaningful practice on the map.

Icebox has been a divisive addition to Valorant. There are some members of the community who swear it’s a great example of a tactical map that demands a thoughtful approach to Agent ability usage; and there are others who believe it’s the worst map to grace the game.

Unfortunately, people in either camp share the same matchmaking playlist. This presents a problem, at times, in which people who want to play Icebox can matchmake with someone else who will then dodge that particular map.

Luckily, there are discussions within Riot Games for a solution that could include special playlists that feature specific maps.

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Some players have been dodging Icebox too many times, and Riot might try to find a solution for it.

“Could you please put a separate queue so that we can quickly get some experience,” a message to Riot said. “I found it hard to get used to Icebox because people keep dodging so I can’t rack up the hours to get used to the map.”

Riot Insight and Strategy dev on Valorant, Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm, responded with an encouraging word, noting how the idea is “a great suggestion and it’s something we’ve talked about ourselves as well.”

One of the last times Riot addressed map selection playlists was back in July, when Senior Producer Ian Fielding said from a competitive standpoint, separating the matchmaking pool wasn’t ideal for players.

“Splitting up matchmaking into separate map pools would reduce the overall players in our matchmaking pool,” Fielding said in an Ask Valorant blog. “Which not only slows down matchmaking, but makes it more difficult for us to produce fair matches.

“Given that, we currently don’t have plans to enable map specific selection for Matchmaking.”

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As disappointed as some players might have been, Altombre’s update has given some hope that Valorant could one day include these smaller matchmaking queues.

Although who’s to say it would look anything like the kind found in CS:GO. In League of Legends, Riot has people lock in a primary and secondary role to choose which one they get in a match.

In some instances, a player won’t get either. Moreover, if the system determines there’s a lack of sufficient players queuing for a certain role, then the game offers a brief reward for anyone willing to fill it.

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A map selector could be coming to Valorant, though it might not look what people are familiar in CS:GO.

A general idea like that could be applied to Valorant’s maps. Although tweaked to fit the concept, that could be a solution to let people choose which two locales they prefer, while maintaining the possibility of getting any map at the end of the day.

In either case, it sounds like Riot wants to tackle this issue in some capacity soon, and hopefully it results in a meaningful quality of life update for Valorant.