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Valorant battle pass: No loot boxes or Agent skins in Riot Games’ FPS

Published: 4/Mar/2020 17:47 Updated: 5/Mar/2020 14:36

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games’ Valorant is set to include weapon skins, but what else do we know about cosmetics in the tactical shooter? Here’s a breakdown on everything we know from their battle pass system.

Riot Games’ venture into the realm of shooters has undoubtedly got fans from all corners of the gaming world excited. Valorant is set to take the first-person shooter genre by storm, with many hailing it as the perfect hybrid between Overwatch and Counter-Strike.

Of course, Riot are no stranger to producing quality, well-balanced games. League of Legends is arguably the most popular esport of the past 10 years, with a lot of its success being attributed to its ever-expanding roster of Champions.

Valorant's characters
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Valorant’s alpha featured eight Agents, with another four reportedly being added before launch.

Yet while Riot has had plenty of success from the cosmetics offered for their playable Champions on the Rift, they are taking an alternative route for Valorant’s Agents.

According to a report from Polygon, Riot has no intention of mirroring their League of Legends approach — a formula which has clearly paid dividends.

“There are no character skins in the game, nor are there specific plans to add them,” the article reads. “The development team said that they’re a possibility in the future, but for now, the focus is on gun skins.”

Valorant skin concept.
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Weapon skins will be featured in Valorant from the get-go.

Moreover, according to the report’s sources, there will not be loot boxes in the game — something which other AAA multiplayer titles have received praise for.

“Valorant will not have loot boxes. Players will be able to directly purchase the skins they want from the store… Though there are skin packs that bundle a few weapon skins together based on their theme.”

So while there won’t be RNG loot boxes, there will be bundle packs, meaning that there will be an added element of transparency for players.

Perhaps most significantly, however, is Riot’s intention on adopting a battle pass system into their free-to-play title. “There is a battle pass-like system in Valorant, that gives players new cosmetic rewards the more they play.”

Riot Games' Valorant gameplay on Bind.
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It is unclear whether Valorant’s battle pass system will be season-based as of yet.

It appears that Riot are doing everything in their power to appeal to the masses with Valorant. Alongside having the capability to run on a moderately low-spec machine, Riot’s FPS won’t be supporting a feature where players wager their hard earned cash to potentially receive an unwanted item.

So it appears that Riot really are leaving their MOBA roots behind in more ways than one with Valorant. Stay tuned as we keep you updated with the latest Valorant news as it surfaces.

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Valorant devs confirm new Sage buff on the way in patch 1.13

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton

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While Sage was an insta-lock in the early phases of Valorant, the Sentinel Agent dipped drastically due to a series of hefty nerfs. However, Riot Games has confirmed she’ll be getting some love in the next major update.

When Valorant launched, Sage was the only Agent in the game capable of healing allies. Others were capable of healing themselves, but her kit provided something entirely unique. Combined with an extremely chunky Barrier Orb that could block off a certain path, and you had an “out of control” Agent that was picked in almost every match.

It took multiple balance updates and various ability reworks to bring her back down a notch. Since then, along with the introduction of new characters, Sage has seen her pick-rate drop tremendously. The Agent has only seen play in two professional matches over the past 60 days, according to VLR.

In attempt to find a middle ground and get Sage back on track, Riot has confirmed a new buff is on the way. Here’s what we can expect in Valorant’s 1.13 update coming soon.

While it was a critical Killjoy bug that stole the spotlight on November 30, Sage was also in focus due to an issue with her wall. Thanks to the Barrier Orb being placed pre-round, she could help a friendly Omen teleport across the map and quite literally break the game.

As a result, the Agent will no longer be able to place a wall down before a round gets going. This may have seemed like a temporary fix, though Riot soon clarified it “will be sticking around in the next patch.”

“Don’t worry,” they stressed. Sage isn’t being properly nerfed again. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite this adjustment, a “small balance change” is in the works to “put a little power back into her barrier.”

There’s no telling exactly what that looks like just yet. Whether it’s more health, added size, or something new altogether, we’re yet to find out. Though it’s only a matter of time until Sage’s wall is stronger than it’s been for the past few weeks.

It’s clear Riot doesn’t want a repeat of Sage’s dominance. So they’re playing things safe for the time being. Instead of buffing the Agent in a number of ways, Riot confirmed a singular buff to her Barrier Orb and her Barrier Orb alone.

There’s no date announced for patch 1.13 just yet. Though we do already know something else on the way. The incoming update looks to address the smurfing issue once again, cracking down on those making secondary accounts.