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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.

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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].”

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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.

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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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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.

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As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

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  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.

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