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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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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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.

League of Legends Clash client team building page
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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.