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Riot Games hint Valorant could be coming to mobile, PS4 and Xbox One

Published: 21/Apr/2020 0:39 Updated: 21/Apr/2020 0:47

by Michael Gwilliam

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With the Valorant beta sailing smoothly on PC, Riot Games has provided a bit of an update as to when console and mobile gamers could get their hands on the free-to-play tactical FPS.

Launching on April 7, the Valorant beta was met with widespread hype as top streamers and content creators showcased the game for the world to see. However, some console gurus and mobile game aficionados felt a bit left out.

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That could all be changing in the future, however, as Valorant Game Director Joe Ziegler explained to Express Online that Riot were open to releasing the game on other platforms at some point.

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Valorant has been a massive hit so far.

When asked about the possibility of the FPS making it to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or mobile devices, Ziegler made it clear that the idea was something Riot were “exploring.”

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“While we are exploring other platforms like console and mobile, right now the team is working hard to deliver a top-notch experience on PC,” he said.

So, while we could see Valorant make its debut on consoles and handheld devices at some point, it doesn’t look like the game will be playable on anything but PC for the time being.

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Riot is “exploring” Valorant on console and mobile.

This does make sense as the game is still in beta and the PC version is a testing ground of sorts with two additional agents and one more map still to be released before the game’s official launch.

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Ziegler was also asked about challenges the development team faces creating a major title outside of League of Legends.

“Team PVP focused games traditionally have a tough time telling stories or even building worlds to tell meaningful stories in, and Valorant was no exception,” he stated.

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Console players have been itching to play Valorant.

“As we built Valorant, there were a lot of wild and clever creative ideas we thought about bringing to life (many I’m too embarrassed to mention here), but in many cases the ideas became constraints that would alter the gameplay, or the ideas themselves would be conceptually hard to grasp without material we didn’t support in the game,” he added.

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That’s not to say that the product they have put out has been faultless; players haven’t hesitated in expressing their frustrations about the overpowered nature of some Agents and abilities.

However, the developers have made it clear that their plan isn’t to have “knee-jerk” reactions to every complaint and demand on social media. Instead, they want players to explore everything before calling for something to be buffed or nerfed.

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In short, there are higher priorities on Riot’s plate right now than releasing Valorant for consoles and mobile platforms, and only time will tell when that’ll end up happening.

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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.

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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.