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Valorant dev reveals plans for more game modes post-launch

Published: 10/Mar/2020 1:36

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot is considering adding “a lot” more gamemodes to Valorant once the tactical shooter finally drops, game designer Trevor Romleski revealed, with the planned playlists likely to draw from other titles like CSGO and Rainbow Six.

After months of silence on their bold new FPS release, Riot has released a deluge of details on everything players have been wanting to see, from their initial roster of characters ⁠— now called agents ⁠— to the game’s deadly arsenal, and more.

The devs also lifted the lid on the title’s first gamemode, “defuse,” which will be played in a similar way to CSGO’s bomb-focused mode, or Call of Duty’s iconic Search & Destroy game type, which has lasted throughout the franchise.

While many were concerned Valorant would stick to just a singular primary game mode, like Riot’s flagship title League of Legends and it’s 5v5 Summoner’s Rift playlist, it looks like the FPS devs have other ideas post-release.

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Right now, Valorant just has the ‘Defuse’ gamemode, but that may change post-release.

According to Romleski, who spoke to IGN Nordic after Valorant’s initial gameplay trailer was first revealed, the developers are already toying with new modes. They may even draw from other popular franchises.

“We’re completely open to exploring new modes post-launch,” Valorant’s game designer said of potentially adding more playlists, but admitted anything they do beyond the Defuse mode would have to wait until “after launch.”

“For now, we have this experience we really want to craft, and make sure that it’s as good as it can be. There are a lot of games out there, and we acknowledge that. We want to provide players with … a fresh take on the [genre].”

Romleski also confirmed that same stance in a recent Discord AMA, adding “exploration of more modes is definitely a consideration,” but that Riot’s plans right now were to “focus on the core mode at the moment.”

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Valorant’s core gamemode and it’s only playlist at launch is focused around bomb defusal.

What new gamemodes could we see in Valorant?

Considering the games Romleski mentioned when talking about “frontrunners” in the genre were Rainbow Six and Counter-Strike, it’s a good bet Valorant’s new modes will draw at least some inspiration from these titles.

Both long-lasting titles boast bomb-defusal as their core competitive mode, but each also has a number of other, more casual playlists for players to cut their teeth on if they don’t want to dive into the high-octane ranked lobbies.

There’s a clear favorite Valorant could add post-launch and have players celebrate ⁠— Team Deathmatch. The kill-or-be-killed mode is a tried and true classic, reaching all the way back to the beginning of the FPS genre.

Siege also boasts Hostage Extraction, which would be interesting to see in Valorant with the agent’s paranormal abilities. The Hostage mode is basically a one-side capture the flag, with the added feature that the ‘flag’ can be killed.

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Could Riot add a gametype similar to Rainbow Six Siege’s hostage extraction to Valorant?

There’s been no indication from Riot on what kind of gamemodes they’re looking at adding to the title post-launch, however, so we’ll just have to wait and see what they brew up once the game finally releases in Summer.

As always, Dexerto will continue to bring you the latest details as more information becomes available. For all Valorant news, updates, info, and content, make sure to follow us on Twitter @ValorantUpdates.

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Riot cracks down on Valorant smurfs with new ranked restrictions

Published: 5/Dec/2020 2:51

by Andrew Amos

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Smurfs in Valorant are increasingly becoming more of a problem. With it being free to make an account, and the conditions for ranked being easy to hit, smurfs are swarming the ladder. Riot are introducing new measures to hopefully curb their impact though.

The smurfs have Valorant’s ranked system all figured out. With no leaderboard to grind for yet, once you hit a high rank and the queue times get long, all you have to do is start a new account, AFK or surrender 20 unrated games in a row, and you’ll be back in the queues in no time.

20 games might sound like forever, but when you’re practically hands-off keyboard for the entire run, it’s a small price to pay to restart the grind. However, it makes the experience unenjoyable for the nine other players in every game on the way up.

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Valorant smurfs have been AFKing in spawn for 20 unrated games to unlock their accounts for ranked play.

In the unrated games, it sucks constantly playing 4v5. When the smurfs hit ranked, they’re often miles better than the players they are matched against early. It ruins the game for hundreds of people for every account made.

Riot is aware of this issue, and is looking at closing the loophole in patch 1.14. They want to at least make smurfs work for their alternate accounts by forcing them to win games, not just play them.

“You’ll notice that we are implementing an update in 1.14 that changes the requirements to unlock ranked mode to ‘games won’ rather than ‘games played.’ We hope this will force players who are just spam farming matches to actually participate in play and strive for wins,” developer Sara Dadafshar said in the latest Ask Valorant.

This is coming as Riot launch a mutli-pronged attack on AFK punishments. Queue cooldowns are no longer enough, with Riot considering rank penalties, and even bans, for players who consistently AFK in their games.

“We’re looking into things like rank penalties, experience mitigations, longer queue time restrictions, and even bans if it comes down to it.”

“We want to distinguish between disruptive behaviors that stem from comms and gameplay, and then penalize accordingly.”

They are also keeping their eyes on “intentionally feeding” players, who are just losing 20 games in a row to get their accounts ranked-ready. Riot urged players to report any players that are doing this, as it’ll most likely lead to punishments.