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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.

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.

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.”

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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Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin

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Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

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Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.