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

Published: 17/Mar/2020 18:26 Updated: 18/Mar/2020 15:29

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.

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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.

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

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).

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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.

“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.”

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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.

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.

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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.

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Shroud explains how Valorant will become the number one FPS esport

Published: 19/Oct/2020 11:50

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek believes Valorant is going to “easily” surpass Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as the top FPS title around when it comes to esports.

When Valorant launched back in June, players and esports organizations alike quickly moved to show their skills off and create rosters in a bid to get ahead of the curve. 

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Even in its infancy, pros from CS:GO, Overwatch, and other games decided to hop aboard the Valorant hype train and for some, it worked out as they’ve been able to rack up wins in online tournaments and build audiences on Twitch.

With the first-person shooter being backed by Riot, there are plenty of expectations surrounding its eventual growth in the esports world – with some, including Shroud, backing it to knock off the likes of CS:GO and perhaps even League of Legends.

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During a recent stream, the former CS:GO pro had been discussing the landscape of Valorant’s esports scene – noting that the best teams in Europe and North America haven’t had the chance to do battle yet. Once that happens, and the game goes to LAN, Shroud believes it’ll pop off. 

“Dude, Valorant is just going to hit and it’s going to hit hard. Like, it has the perfect recipe right now, right,” he said. “It’s just like, CS numbers are dipping, but to be fair CS strives on LAN so that’s why they’re dipping, obviously once LAN comes back, it’ll be a little different. 

“But still, if Valorant nails the timing of coming to LAN and tournaments are popping off, it’s going to blow the f**k up – even more than it already has.” As someone suggested that Valorant will take the top spot in the first-person shooter esports ranks, Shroud added: “Oh yeah, easily.” 

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The growing intrigue surrounding the world’s best teams not being able to play each other will, undoubtedly, work in Valorant’s favor. 

It just remains to be seen as to whether or not it can cement itself at the top of the esports world. Plenty of games have come along and tried to do so, but the titans of CS:GO and LoL still reign supreme. For now.