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Riot devs explain the challenges behind bringing Valorant to console

Published: 26/Jun/2020 23:08

by Bill Cooney


Ever since Riot Games new FPS Valorant was announced, console players have been wondering when or how the game will eventually make it to console, and now, developers have opened up about the challenges they’ve faced trying to do just that.

Several Riot devs discussed a wide range of topics in an extensive interview with Eurogamer on June 26, including additional modes that could be possible in the game’s future, as well as the challenges in bringing the Valorant experience to console players.

Raze's Paint Shells in Valorant.
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Valorant relies on precision aiming no matter which agent you play, which could make a console port difficult to pull off.

Valorant’s principal engineer, Felipe Romero, told Eurogamer that the biggest task for developers was recreating the same unique experience on console controllers as on PC.

“Valorant is a game that requires precise aiming, responsive movement, recoil control, and being able to execute abilities in a limited amount of time,” Romero said in the interview. “Valorant was designed to be played and experienced in a particular way.”

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Aim assist on console/controller is a controversial topic in almost every title that has the feature.

“Is it possible to effectively execute a clutch play in Valorant using a controller? How much aiming and movement assistance can we provide without sacrificing the overall competitive environment?” he continued. “We want to make sure playing with a controller remains true to that core vision.”

As far as Valorant’s performance on consoles as compared to PC, Romero said developers weren’t worried about the technical side of things due to their focus early on in making sure the game worked whether you have a monster gaming rig or not.

“In terms of performance, we believe getting Valorant running at 120Hz on next-gen consoles is an achievable goal,” the developer revealed. “This is mostly thanks to the aggressive performance targets that Valorant initially set. During development, we put emphasis [on] hitting high frame-rates at commonly used resolutions.”

Next-gen consoles like the PS5 should have no trouble running Valorant if it ever makes the leap from PC.

While Romero certainly did talk about the challenges facing Valorant on console, he didn’t mention whether or not it would actually be happening in the future.

Riot developers have opened up on the possibility of their cerebral shooter heading to platforms like Playstation and Xbox, but while they certainly seem to be exploring their options, we still don’t know officially whether Valorant on consoles will be a thing or not.


Valorant leak reveals fan-favorite Reaver skins returning for Halloween

Published: 24/Oct/2020 2:24 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 3:01

by Andrew Amos


The Reaver skins have been long requested in Valorant since the beta. After being an option for players to buy, they suddenly disappeared with no intention of coming back. Except, they are, with a leak revealing the skin line is returning in time for Halloween.

When the Valorant closed beta ended, everyone lost all of their progress. This included Agents and skins, which players were forced to grind for again.

However, while most of the closed beta contents made the full release, the Reaver skin line didn’t. The deep purple and gold skins for the Operator, Vandal, Sheriff, and Melee were left in the closed beta, and players weren’t happy.

Reaver collection in Valorant
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The Reaver skins disappeared after the closed beta, but they’re coming back.

Every skin release since has had a dedicated chorus of complaints about where the Reaver collection is. That chorus may be silenced now though, as a Valorant leak has revealed Reaver skins could be returning for Halloween.

According to dataminer ‘ValorLeaks,’ the Reaver skin collection has been spotted in the main Valorant files under the codename “SoulStealerV2.” They’ll be launching in time for the spooky season, and will be “new and improved.”

“The Reaver Skin set will be the Halloween Skins for Valorant this holiday. They will be new and improved. A few updates ago I spotted ‘SoulStealerV2’, [and] Soul Stealer was the code name for Reaver,” they added.

New and improved could mean more skins to bolster the collection ⁠— most Valorant skin lines have five skins, while Reaver only has four. It could also mean new effects on reload, draw, and more.

It also comes after the Valorant account tweeted out a teaser on October 23. With the caption “decode this,” the image hint had six phrases ⁠— all saying “I’m returning” in different languages ⁠— alongside the scoped-in reticle for the Reaver skin.

Almost immediately the puzzle was solved, and the hype is unbearably real. However, there’s still a couple of questions: what guns will be a part of the Reaver collection, and when exactly is it coming?

Given Halloween is less than 10 days away, players can probably expect the Reaver skins to drop shortly. Patch 1.12 is set to release on October 27, and if we were to hazard a guess, it could be coming after the update. Keep your eyes peeled though, because Reaver is back.