Valorant dev explains why every agent will have the same stats - Dexerto

Valorant dev explains why every agent will have the same stats

Published: 4/Mar/2020 3:04

by Andrew Amos


While every playable agent in Valorant will have their own unique set of abilities, a developer working on the game outlined that their hitboxes, health, and other stats will be exactly the same for a good reason.

Valorant’s big reveal on March 2 showed off the game’s first eight agents to the world. Brimstone, Cypher, Jett, Omen, Phoenix, Sage, Sova, and Viper will all be part of the opening roster of playable characters.

Valorant agents are all designed with unique abilities in mind, each bringing their own way of swinging the tides of battle. However, they’ll all have some things in common.

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Every agent in Valorant will have the same health, hitboxes, and base stats.

Every agent in Valorant will be locked with 100 health, and while textures will vary, every character’s hitboxes will be the exact same as well.

While some players fear that this might “limit development,” in a recent Discord AMA, Lead Game Designer Trevor ‘Classick’ Romleski stated that there was a very good reason behind the decision to try and keep the agents somewhat similar in stature.

“The simple answer is we’ve focused on tight, lethal tactical gameplay,” said Classick. “Changing the health or hitbox [of an agent] has a significant impact on gameplay.”

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Classick confirmed that every agent in Valorant will have the exact same stats, and only abilities will be changing between each character.

Not only would changing the stats of an agent by making their hitbox smaller or health pool larger make them instantly more viable in a game where the time to kill is so low, it would detract from picking an agent for their abilities.

“We want agents to be chosen for their toolkits, not passive stats like this,” he added.

Valorant’s developers want the focus to be on abilities and gunplay “complementing” each other, and making everything else linear is a good way to do so. This has been a core focus of the game throughout its development, and won’t be changing in the future.

“You don’t kill with abilities,” said Nicolo Laurent, CEO of Riot Games. “Abilities create tactical opportunities to take the right shot. Characters have abilities that augment their gunplay, instead of fighting directly with their abilities.”

While they haven’t ruled out adding more shields on agents in the future, and there’s healing in-built into the game, no one character will be harder to kill than the other in a pure aim duel.


Valorant pros ShahZam and WARDELL spark feud over “rats” comment

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:45

by Lauren Bergin


Former CS:GO players turned Valorant pros Sentinels ShahZam and TSM WARDELL have had a fiery exchange over Twitter. 

Even at the highest level of esports, trash talk remains common between the big name players, contributing to in-game rivalries that spice up any match.

There’s some age old rivalries between esports organizations like G2 Esports and Fnatic, never mind within the player base itself. Although sometimes these rivalries stay lighthearted, they can ignite and start a real feud.

This is exactly what appears to have happened between former CS:GO pros turned Valorant stars Shahzeb ‘ShahZam’ Khan of Sentinels and Matt ‘WARDELL’ Yu of TSM.

The TSM player gave the video a fiery reaction.

WARDELL responds to ShahZam video

The fiery exchange began when the Sentinels posted a short clip of ShahZam talking about his feelings towards TSM. With ShahZam stating that be believes Sentinels have more consistency than TSM, admitting that he does “like to seem them lose,” the video received a knee-jerk response from the TSM player.

WARDELL hit back with a slamming criticism of the video, writing “who knew rats can talk? LMAO.” ShahZam quickly followed up with a defence of his team, stating that the video was old and asking WARDELL “why are you so mad?”

This, however, just ignited the fire more. WARDELL promptly responded to ShahZam by making fun of the player’s hair, stating that ‘it’s not silver, it’s platinum’ to which ShahZam playfully accused the TSM player as ‘having a crush’ on him.

Banter gone wrong?

A lot of fans chalked the exchange up as trash talk and banter, but others were unsure considering the genuine surprise that ShahZam appeared to show in his first tweet.

Either way, the feud has sparked a more intense rivalry between the already battling teams; a rivalry that may be settled on the battlefield of the NA First Strike tournament. It would be great to see Sentinels and TSM face off once more and settle their long established rivalry, so fingers crossed we finally get that rematch.