Riot confirm Valorant skin 'devolve' feature coming in future update - Dexerto

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

Published: 8/Aug/2020 13:25

by Andy Williams


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.
Riot Games
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.


Valorant pros ShahZam and WARDELL spark feud over “rats” comment

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:45

by Lauren Bergin


Former CS:GO players turned Valorant pros Sentinels ShahZam and TSM WARDELL have had a fiery exchange over Twitter. 

Even at the highest level of esports, trash talk remains common between the big name players, contributing to in-game rivalries that spice up any match.

There’s some age old rivalries between esports organizations like G2 Esports and Fnatic, never mind within the player base itself. Although sometimes these rivalries stay lighthearted, they can ignite and start a real feud.

This is exactly what appears to have happened between former CS:GO pros turned Valorant stars Shahzeb ‘ShahZam’ Khan of Sentinels and Matt ‘WARDELL’ Yu of TSM.

The TSM player gave the video a fiery reaction.

WARDELL responds to ShahZam video

The fiery exchange began when the Sentinels posted a short clip of ShahZam talking about his feelings towards TSM. With ShahZam stating that be believes Sentinels have more consistency than TSM, admitting that he does “like to seem them lose,” the video received a knee-jerk response from the TSM player.

WARDELL hit back with a slamming criticism of the video, writing “who knew rats can talk? LMAO.” ShahZam quickly followed up with a defence of his team, stating that the video was old and asking WARDELL “why are you so mad?”

This, however, just ignited the fire more. WARDELL promptly responded to ShahZam by making fun of the player’s hair, stating that ‘it’s not silver, it’s platinum’ to which ShahZam playfully accused the TSM player as ‘having a crush’ on him.

Banter gone wrong?

A lot of fans chalked the exchange up as trash talk and banter, but others were unsure considering the genuine surprise that ShahZam appeared to show in his first tweet.

Either way, the feud has sparked a more intense rivalry between the already battling teams; a rivalry that may be settled on the battlefield of the NA First Strike tournament. It would be great to see Sentinels and TSM face off once more and settle their long established rivalry, so fingers crossed we finally get that rematch.