Valorant devs tease plans for new modes: 3v3 & 7v7, shorter games, more

Published: 19/Feb/2021 5:33

by Brad Norton


Even more game modes could soon be on the way to Valorant as developers at Riot Games have teased a number of experiments currently in the works, including a potential 3v3 mode.

With Escalation having just launched on February 16, Valorant has now seen a total of six game modes since release. While some are permanent fixtures, others have come and gone in limited-time playlists.

It’s clear Riot are open to all kinds of new modes and the future appears bright in that regard. During a recent AMA on Reddit, the Valorant developers revealed some of their future plans, including experimenting with team sizes and game lengths to make new experiences for players. 

Bite-sized Valorant modes in the works

Valorant gameplay
Riot Games
Quicker modes are in the works for Valorant.

One of the biggest talking points throughout the questionnaire was that of shorter game modes. While players enjoy the core Plant & Defuse game type, many wish to see quicker versions in Valorant.

“This is definitely something we’ve considered,” developer Jared ‘Darkhorse4Life’ Berbach told players. “There’s definitely a desire for a shorter form of the standard game mode. Nothing concrete to announce here as of yet, but stay tuned!

While there’s no set timeline for such a mode, Riot has big plans for it, fellow dev Lisa ‘Pwneride’ Ohanian confirmed.

“We see there’s a desire for an authentic, core Valorant experience that is shorter than our main game mode, and we’re actively having a lot of convos about the best way to achieve this in a way that feels good.”

Experimenting with team sizes in Valorant

With the current modes on offer, team sizes are rather limited. Standard playlists focus on strict 5v5 gameplay, while DM is set to FFA-only. That trend could soon be changing, however.

Riot has prototyped modes with different sizes, including 3v3 and 7v7. While they have “nothing concrete” to announce, they’re open to change.

It turns out they even tried 7v7 gameplay for Escalation. “Some people really liked it,” Kyle ‘tehleach’ Leach said, but it was too complicated to ship.

“The reason we ended up shipping 5v5 was mainly due to party sizes.” As a result of seven-player teams, you would be forced into playing with randoms due to the max party size of five.

“If we wanted to allow people to queue as [a seven stack], there would be a ton of client work to do and it would have caused us to delay this mode.”

No dates and no exact details are set in stone just yet, though Riot is always experimenting with ways to innovate in Valorant. New permanent fixtures could be right around the corner, so keep your eyes peeled.

Call of Duty

Warzone Season 2 Outbreak Event: rewards, how to play, dates, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 6:53

by Brad Norton


To kick off Season 2 in Warzone, there’s a limited-time event for you to sink your teeth into. The Zombie-focused takeover known as ‘The Outbreak Event’ comes with new rewards, fresh loot, and plenty more. Here’s everything we know.

With the dawn of a new season in Warzone comes a heaping serve of fresh content. With Zombies taking over Verdansk and a new mode sending hordes to Fireteam maps, the undead are everywhere in Season 2.

The first thing you’ll notice upon booting up Warzone in Season 2 is a brand new event. The Outbreak Event is a limited-time takeover for the start of the new period in-game.

From event-specific rewards to limited-time modes, and everything in between, here’s what you need to know.

Warzone Season 2 The Outbreak Event: Dates

Warzone Outbreak Event
The Outbreak Event is now live in Warzone and BOCW.

Having started at the very beginning of Season 2, you’ll need to get in quickly with this limited-time event. The Outbreak Event is already live in Warzone and runs through until Thursday, March 11 at 10 AM PT.

That gives players roughly two weeks to unlock every item and complete all of the unique challenges on offer. 

Warzone Season 2 The Outbreak Event: Rewards

Warzone Outbreak Event
There’s plenty on offer throughout The Outbreak Event.

Similar to previous events in Warzone, there’s plenty on offer here. Your typical Stickers, Emblems, Calling Cards, and Charms are all up for grabs. Additionally, there are also exclusive Weapon Blueprints for The Outbreak Event.

In total, there are 18 unique items available throughout the brief takeover. Below is a complete rundown on every item along with how you unlock them.

  • Gas Mask – Charm: In Outbreak, successfully exfil 3 times
  • Aim for the Head – Calling Card: In Warzone, kill 20 Zombies with headshots
  • Amigos – Sticker: In Outbreak, eliminate 250 Zombies
  • Cleaning Supplies – Charm: In Warzone, eliminate 20 Zombies
  • Dark Aether – Accessory: In Outbreak, eliminate 10 elites
  • Strange Emission – Emblem: In Warzone, use lethal equipment to kill 8 Zombies
  • Grasp for Power – Sticker: In Outbreak, open 25 chests
  • Skull Survivor – Emblem: In Warzone, use vehicles to eliminate 3 Zombies
  • Pure Anguish – Charm: In Outbreak, complete 3 World Events
  • Heads Blazin’ – Sticker: In Warzone, eliminate 5 Zombies in a single match 3 times
  • On the Move – Calling Card: In Outbreak, Wrap 10 times
  • Shotgun Eliminations – Calling Card: In Warzone, use Shotguns to eliminate 8 Zombies
  • Special Eliminations – Calling Card: In Outbreak, eliminate 3 Special Zombies
  • One Punch, Two Punch – Calling Card: In Warzone, rapidly kill 2 or more Zombies 2 times\
  • Not the Last – Emblem: In Outbreak, use vehicles to eliminate 100 Zombies
  • Immolation – Emblem: In Warzone, use Pistols to eliminate 8 Zombies
  • Stitched Together – Charm: In Outbreak, complete 10 objectives
  • Quick Elimination – Calling Card: In Warzone, eliminate 8 Zombies before the first circle closes

How to play The Outbreak Event in Warzone Season 2

Warzone Outbreak Event
Whether you play BOCW or Warzone, you’ll have access to The Outbreak Event.

This brand new event is available to players across both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombie-themed mode of the same name. 

If you own the full version of Treyarch’s latest title, you’ll be able to tick off challenges until the final day on March 11. However, if you’re a free-to-play Warzone player, you’ve still got every chance to see and do it all.

To celebrate the launch of the new Outbreak mode, Treyarch has made it free to all Warzone players from February 25 to March 4.

Be sure to jump in quickly and get everything done before it’s too late. Once this limited-time event disappears, these rewards will likely be gone forever.

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