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Valorant dev warns beta launch will be “bumpier than usual”

Published: 7/Apr/2020 6:13

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant executive producer Anna ‘SuperCakes’ Donlon has issued eager fans a warning ahead of tomorrow’s closed beta launch ⁠— things will not be as smooth as players will hope for.

The hype around Valorant is hitting fever pitch. Less than 24 hours out from the release of the game’s closed beta, players are sweating to get a taste of Riot’s five-versus-five tactical shooter for themselves.

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However, while Riot are hoping it all goes to plan, they’ve warned the community that things will be “bumpier than usual.”

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Valorant’s closed beta is dropping on April 7, but players shouldn’t expect super smooth gameplay from the outset.

During an April 6 dev update, SuperCakes gave fans an update on what to expect from the launch just one sleep away.

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The game won’t be as polished as they would have hoped for, due to all employees moving to a work-from-home schedule, and that’s also impacted things outside of development. The infrastructure and quality assurance testing hasn’t been completed yet, and they’ve been open about that.

“Rolling out infrastructure as ambitious as ours requires a lot of travelling and physical shipping of servers,” she explained. “Your ping might not be as good as what we’re aiming for because physical data centers need to be built and set up.

“We [also] rely heavily on our partners for testing quality, hardware compatibility, performance ⁠— these are our biggest commitments to you,” she added. “Our ability to test and fix some of these things has taken a bit of a hit.”

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However, shipping Valorant now seemed more important than ever. Riot wanted to test how well they were tracking ⁠— even if it meant closing it off to certain regions. They’re asking players for “a bit of patience” as they scale up the launch, so everyone can try the game.

“The plan was to bring the Valorant closed beta to as many players as possible from around the world as quickly as possible, but for now, we will have to start on focusing on the regions we feel are most ready.

“We will be ramping up our player count as high as we can to test our services, but we will not be letting everyone in at once.”

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Valorant’s beta will be launching in five regions starting on April 7.

As for a push-back of the Summer 2020 release window? Riot are still running on the same schedule they had back in October for Valorant and are feeling “pretty optimistic” of launching worldwide on time.

However, things are still too early to call. As things crop in the beta test, Riot will have to adapt, and the delays in physically building infrastructure are still there.

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Want to get access to Valorant? We’ve got all the details of how you can get the opportunity to test the game starting April 7. Be sure to also read our guides, so you can figure out which agent you’ll main before jumping into the action.

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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.

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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.