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Riot gives update on Valorant ranked leaderboards ahead of Episode 2

Published: 21/Oct/2020 6:02

by Andrew Amos

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Riot has given Valorant players an update on the game’s ranked leaderboards ahead of the release of Episode 2. While there’s currently no ETA on the project, they aim to have it out in the next major release.

Public leaderboards have been one of the most-requested features in Valorant. Ranked grinders have really had nothing to play for other than their triangles, and once the best players hit Radiant, there’s really nothing going for them.

Leaderboards have been touted as one possible solution to Valorant’s ranked problem. It gives players something to grind for, motivating them to try and hit and hold Rank 1 ⁠— or whatever their goal may be.

Riot has dodged the topic on a number of occasions, but the conversation came back into the limelight on October 20 after the developers shared a number of regional leaderboards. They showcased the top 100 players across North America, Europe, and more.

While their leaderboards were lacking metrics like MMR and otherwise, it was the first real taste of what it could look like in Valorant.

The regional leaderboards piqued the community’s interest in Riot potentially turning around and dropping the feature in game ahead of Episode 2 ⁠— the next major update.

However, lead developer Joe Ziegler has tempered those expectations.

“For those of you who want leaderboards in game, we’re currently working on that feature. We don’t have an ETA yet, but we are working on it. Will update you when we get closer to landing it,” he told players on Twitter.

It comes after Riot teased “a public, region-based leaderboard” was on its way in their Act 3 Competitive Changes preview. However, they didn’t put a time on it ⁠— just the fact they’ve started work on it.

They also teased what the leaderboard could look like potentially, including a Top 500 section for Radiant players, and breaking down what the ladder looked like during each Act. It’s a similar system to Overwatch’s ranked ladder.

Top 500 ranked leaderboard in Valorant
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Riot has showcased a prototype of in-game leaderboards before.

So, if you’re hanging out for leaderboards, they’re just around the corner.

For now though, keep grinding, and you never know ⁠— you could find yourself highlighted in the Top 100, or Top 500, once they actually launch.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 PS5 gameplay revealed and it looks incredible

Published: 25/Nov/2020 12:02

by Kieran Bicknell

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Despite suffering numerous long delays, fans are still hyped for CD Projekt Red’s dystopian Cyberpunk 2077. As the release date edges closer, we’ve had our first look at the game on PS5, as well as a comparison between PS4 Pro and PS5 graphics.

Cyberpunk 2077 is shaping up to be one of the most hotly-anticipated games of 2020. With its dystopian open-world setting, insane customization, and intriguing storyline, it looks set to become a truly epic title.

It’s not without its issues though, having suffered a number of consecutive delays, along with controversy over the dreaded ‘crunch’ for devs.

However, it seems that we may be on the ‘home stretch’ for the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Devs have now released the final teaser of gameplay footage, along with a first glimpse at the game running on the next-gen PS5.

Cyberpunk 2077 PS5 footage
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The rain effects and lighting in Cyberpunk 2077 take on a whole new depth on PS5.

Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation 5

There’s no doubt that Cyberpunk is a fantastic looking game. With cutting-edge graphics, the visuals have stunned even the most doubtful of critics. So far, we’ve only seen the game on current-gen consoles, but CD Projekt Red has now revealed the first preview of the game running on the next-gen PlayStation 5.

Technically, the game is running via backward compatibility in the footage. However, the game will be available on PS5 at launch.

Starting at the very beginning, the footage shows the initial stages of the ‘Nomad’ life path. On PS4 pro the game looks absolutely gorgeous, with plenty of fantastic light effects, incredible detail, and lots of immersive scenes.

However, around the 4:30 mark in the video below, the footage switches over to PS5, and the difference is immediately noticeable.

Next-gen footage starts at 4:32

The shadows become immediately deeper, without losing any of the detail. The rain also suddenly takes on a whole new dimension, creating streaks on the windows that look impressively realistic.

Lighting also changes, with more natural-looking flares when looking up at streetlights through car windows, and the traditional ‘haze’ from the neon lights of the city also taking on more of a prominent role.

Highlights become more controlled, and the falloff between light and dark extremes feel more natural, with a more gradual transition between the two.

Sadly, we were only shown just over two minutes’ worth of footage. However, if those two minutes are anything to go by, Cyberpunk 2077 is going to look absolutely fantastic on next-gen consoles.