Valorant

Riot developer reveals Valorant has a story and how it will work

by Andy Williams
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Riot Games have unveiled how Valorant’s story will be told, with their Agent lore set to work in a similar capacity to Blizzard’s Overwatch.

Plenty of esports and FPS fans from far and wide are excited for the release of Riot’s upcoming tactical shooter, Valorant.

Set in near-future Earth, Valorant will host a diverse roster of playable characters called Agents, who will each have their own respective abilities to suit an individual’s playstyle.

Valorant's characters
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Valorant will boast a cast of Agents, who will each be integral to how the game plays.

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While we already know about eight of the Agent’s abilities, little is known about their lore (or whether they will have a backstory altogether).

However, Riot Games’ Creative Director, David Nottingham, has revealed that there will indeed be a story to Valorant — completely independent of the developer’s MOBA title, League of Legends.

During an early preview of the game, YouTuber Qwixzo quizzed Nottingham on how the Valorant story will unfold and progress. Essentially revealing that Riot will show – rather than tell – their story via player-character interaction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o24k3dpok8g

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"There is a story, there is a world, we've put a lot of thought into that and fleshing out a wider world," Nottingham said. "We have a backstory, we have a foundation, that we're pretty confident talking about leading up before launch."

The way an Agent interacts with the environment will play a huge role in what we learn about them. For example, Qwixzo explains how we know Phoenix is British and Viper is American based on their accents.

Moreover, the YouTuber goes on to explain how players will develop a dossier on information on a character, the more they play their respective Agent.

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So character quips, in-game environmental interaction and developing a file of information on an Agent over time, is all part of Riot’s grand plan to tell Valorant’s story.

Fans of Blizzard’s Overwatch and/or League of Legends will be all too familiar with this system of understanding character relationships by their response to specific stimuli. It appears Riot are sticking with a formula that has proven successful with their hit strategy game, even if the story itself is completely unrelated.