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Riot Games dev debunks leak of unreleased Valorant Agents

Published: 21/Jul/2020 17:08

by Andy Williams

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Following a leak pertaining to some unreleased Valorant Agents, Riot Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott has ruled out that they’ll be joining Future Earth anytime soon.

Riot Games have pledged to add more Agents with every Act in Valorant. Loosely speaking, that works out to around six new characters per year.

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With so many Agents on the horizon, data miners are keen to explore the in-game files to try and shed as much light as possible on what’s to come.

To-date, eagle-eyed miners have discovered potential characters and their accompanying abilities, as well as some weapon cosmetics that are laying dormant in the game’s files — but it seems not all of what slips through the cracks will be seeing the light of day, as Riot’s Character Design Lead Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott confirmed.

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Riot's Episode 1 roadmap for Valorant.
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Many are speculating who the next Agent will be in Episode 1.

Riot rules out Valorant Agent leaks

With each patch, the files which data miners trawl through change, which adds an element of variability to the leaks that surface.

And following the leak which teased some abilities for the unreleased Agents ‘Shatter’ and ‘Crusader,’ Morello has blown any potential for the pair to be coming to the game completely out of the water.

“Super old, cancelled characters. I’ve talked a bunch on my stream about Crusader getting the axe,” Morello opened. “Y’all reading too much into files — lots of stuff cut from the game over time.”

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Crusader was initially leaked way back during the closed beta, and according to leaks, was an early prototype for Breach. While some data miners held out towards the possibility that Crusader would be reworked at some point, Morello confirmed that not to be the case.

As for Shatter, the Riot dev didn’t acknowledge that part of the leak, other than also saying they were “super old” and “cancelled.”But if Riot were actually planning to release Shatter as a new Agent, it’s unlikely they would make it so easy for data miners to get such a complete look.

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Could Valorant get League-style Clash tournaments in-client soon?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 3:31

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant’s competitive system is getting another overhaul in Ignition Act 3, with more strict party restrictions, changes to progression, and more. However, with the “tighter rank queue,” could the door be opening for in-client tournaments, like League of Legends’ Clash, in Valorant?

Valorant’s competitive experience is not only an important point for players, but Riot themselves. The tactical FPS was designed with competition in mind, from the way the game was optimized, to its basic mechanics.

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Whether Valorant’s competitive queue has lived up to that expectation is a different story though. The experience has been widely criticized by players due to numerous factors: no solo-duo queue, no leaderboards, a confusing progression system, and more.

Riot are vowing to change some of these things in Act 3. They are reducing the squad rank disparity limit from six tiers to three. They are also aiming at adding a cap on party sizes at high ranks, a leaderboard, and a more clear progression system early in 2021.

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With these changes though, friends won’t be able to queue up for ranked if their ranks are too far apart. This has opened the door for Riot to implement in-client tournaments like they did for League of Legends with Clash, and they’re entertaining the suggestion.

“We’ve heard from others that there is a desire for even more organized team play, but just not in the same queue,” design director Joe Ziegler told players while outlining the Act 3 competitive changes. “We hear you on these things, [but] they may take some time to implement.”

Clash in League of Legends was a replacement for the old ranked fives queue. Instead, teams of friends can take part in monthly tournaments, being seeded into a bracket based on their rank and playing against teams of a similar skill level. There’s also in-game prizes on the line.

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A similar system has been yearned for by Valorant players since the game’s release. Riot have indicated that such a feature could be closer than ever with the Act 3 changes. However, it’s still in development for the time being.

League of Legends Clash client team building page
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Clash lets League players team up with friends to take part in in-client tournaments. There’s also prizing for the winners.

“We know there are many of you that like to queue competitive with friends of a wide skill range. We see this demand for this kind of team-based competition, and it’s on our roadmap,” competitive design lead David ‘Milkcow’ Cole said.

“We’re excited on our end to get this team-based feature up and rolling but it’ll be a bit before it’s out live ⁠— it’s a large feature,” he added on Reddit after the changes were announced on October 5.

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Valorant players should definitely get excited at the prospect of League-style in-client tournaments. It’ll add a more structured competitive experience to Valorant, where you can queue with friends to try and take down other five-stacks in a competitive setting without jeopardizing your rank.

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There will also likely be prizes on the line. While League of Legends has profile banners, icons, and skins on the line, maybe in Valorant special player cards, tags, and skins could be drafted up to celebrate those who win. The possibilities are endless, and only time will tell what Riot has in stock for players.