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Riot reveals “perfect” number of Valorant Agents they plan to release

Published: 11/Sep/2020 6:03 Updated: 12/Sep/2020 10:28

by Andrew Amos

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There might be only 12 Agents in Valorant now, but Riot are shooting high. They are in for the long haul, with the hopes of releasing dozens of new characters over the next few years to hit their “perfect” number.

There’s not much variety in Valorant Agents right now. With only 12 to choose, there’s a limited number of compositions you can make. When you look at pro play, it’s even lower, given Agents like Cypher and Omen are pretty much must-picks.

However, in the near future, that might not be the case. Riot have already said they are pushing to release six Agents this year ⁠— one with every Act. So far, they’ve hit that mark with Reyna and Killjoy. A third is on the way on October 13.

Killjoy in Valorant
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Killjoy is only Riot’s 12th Agent for Valorant in their quest to fill the roster out.

They are planning on continuing that for as long as the game exists, although there’ll be a time where they might slow down. There’s one range of numbers on Valorant devs’ lips that would be the perfect amount of Agents for their game: 50-60.

“The perfect Agent roster balance…honestly I think we’ll start to understand how flexible the Agent roster is as we inject more in, so I don’t think we can say ‘100 is crazy’ or ‘100 is great.’ Personally I think ~50-60 feels about right ⁠— let’s say 5 per role,” developer ‘Pwyff’ told players on Reddit on September 10.

At a rate of six a year, it’ll take Riot approximately six to eight years to hit that mark of 50-60 Agents. It’s an easier goal than Siege’s 100 Operators (currently at 57, releasing four a year), but still a relatively daunting task when you consider the sheer volume of it.

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Valorant devs have cited Dota 2’s hero system as a potential model for the FPS title.

Valorant devs have cited Dota 2’s Hero system as a potential model for the FPS title.Riot has developed over 150 champions for League of Legends, so you’d think there’d be some inspiration drawn from there. Ironically though, Riot aren’t exactly modelling their Agent system on League of Legends. Instead, they’re looking towards Dota 2.

Given they’ve made recent balancing decisions, like the huge Sage nerfs on Patch 1.07, based on freeing up space to release future Agents in certain categories, it makes sense to look towards Valve’s MOBA for inspiration on how they manage character choice and the flexibility around that.

If Riot are going to be in for the long run, they best start building their cast of characters far and wide, which will only add to the game’s strategic depth.

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Riot will create a Valorant test server similar to League of Legends PBE

Published: 23/Oct/2020 1:01

by Alan Bernal

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Riot Games announced plans for a test server in Valorant that would contain pre-release builds for official game patches. These limited servers will perform a function similar to League of Legends’ Public Beta Environment that lets Riot detect bugs and receive player feedback sooner.

Riot Senior Release Manager, Corrie Hardin, said that the PBE is targeted for an early 2021 release. Just like in LoL, there’s going to be a certain amount of time before a PBE patch will go to the live servers; typically two weeks.

In simpler terms, this will be the safe space Riot uses for testing anything from new Agents to crucial bugs before sending the patch out to its millions of players.

Crossover players from League of Legends who’ve tried out the PBE, a separate download from the main client, will be all too familiar with the shenanigans that players can come across on the beta servers.

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Depending on how Riot structure it, a Valorant PBE could see early tests for new Agents.

It’s unclear if Riot would also use the PBE to test out new cosmetics as well. There’s been a couple of instances, as fixable as they were, where a new skin presented a competitive advantage or brought along with it a new bug that could have been spotted in a testing phase.

Regardless, Valorant’s sister title has benefited from the PBE in the past, especially in the way of character balances. In a tactical shooter like this, this could also apply to specific weapon balances or creative strats that need to be tweaked before they harm live Ranked games.

“We hope to expand on what we have learned and provide an early access experience that does not drastically differ from the live version of Valorant, but still allows for a glimpse into what we are working on,” Riot said in their Ask Valorant Q&A blog.

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Early access to Valorant patches would be perfect to sniff out Omen bugs.

There has been a trend of Omen bugs appearing soon after a new map or update releases. The PBE servers would be the perfect place for players to rip apart a proposed patch for any potential game-breakers.

The early access arena will be a popular destination for pros and casual players to refine feedback for changes that need to be made in Valorant.

Expect Riot to release more information as we get closer to the release window, sometime in the early year within Episode 2.