Riot Games’ Valorant will have numerous ways for players to rank up their characters, battle pass, and ranked play score. Here’s a full rundown of all the ways players will be able to progress in the FPS.
The folks at Riot Games are well-versed in designing progression systems and a ranked mode that gets their players to continuously come back and play extensively.
League of Legends boasts one of the largest player bases of any active multiplayer game, and the MOBA frequently sits near the top of the list of games with the highest viewership on Twitch. A big part of that is due to the game’s progression systems, which appear to be making their way to Valorant as well.
According to a YouTube video from two members of the Netherlands’ IGN outlet, IGN Benelux, Valorant will offer numerous ways to progress. One of those is the already talked about battle pass, which according to them, may not cost any additional money as passes like the ones in Modern Warfare, Fortnite, and CS:GO do.
Can Valorant players rank up their agents?
In addition, players will be able to progress through Agent ranks as well, with new abilities and items being unlocked as ranks are earned.
Fans of Call of Duty will be familiar with this practice, as they progress through ranks to earn new weapons and abilities, and then progress through weapon ranks to earn additional attachments. Apparently, each Agent will have ten ranks, and if you unlock all of them for all characters, you get “access to all the free cosmetics.”
This system will evidently require players to actually play with each Agent extensively in order to unlock their entire arsenal, and earn all the available skins. Riot has made it clear, however, that character skins will not be a part of the game when it releases, and this video confirms that as well. So far, it appears only weapon skins and weapon charms will be available to start.
Will Valorant's agents have their own missions?
Each Agent will also have their own missions, which reward the player with in-game currency. Again, Call of Duty players will recognize the similarity to Operator missions currently in Modern Warfare.
Some of these missions, reportedly, aren’t free and will need to be purchased “with Riot points.”
Will Valorant have a ranked mode?
The video also reports that Valorant will be getting a ranked mode, and that the game will be using the same ranked levels that League of Legends uses, which starts at Iron and extends all the way up into Challenger.
Apparently ranked play will not be available at launch though, and is expected to be released in late 2020. Most modern multiplayer shooters feature a ranked mode, with the exception of Modern Warfare, which many fans are still clamoring for.
Stay tuned as we keep you updated with the latest Valorant news as it surfaces.