Valorant devs quash Protocol 781-A skin concerns after 'troubling' clip surfaces - Dexerto
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Valorant devs quash Protocol 781-A skin concerns after ‘troubling’ clip surfaces

Published: 11/Jan/2022 4:11 Updated: 11/Jan/2022 4:29

by Brad Norton

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Valorant’s new Protocol 781-A weapon skin line may be one of the flashiest yet, but a potentially game-changing feature raised some eyebrows and forced Riot Games to launch an investigation.

With Valorant Episode 4 now in focus, players are chomping at the bit to get their hands on all the latest content. Naturally, a new Agent tops the bill, but a next-level skin line is also stealing the spotlight.

New Protocol 781-A skins are unlike anything Valorant has seen thus far. These Ultra-tier designs aren’t just providing a new coat of paint. Instead, they actually bring a new artificial intelligence into the fold, fit with custom voice lines and personality traits.

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Beyond this innovation, however, another eye-grabbing feature seemingly made the cut. Early footage appeared to highlight a knockback effect that repositions enemy corpses. 

After wiping out nearby targets, a preview clip of the new skin line revealed how enemy corpses don’t simply drop to the ground. Instead, three kills led to three bodies falling forward a great deal.

This may have impacted gameplay in a number of ways, leading to hundreds of players voicing their concerns. Before long, Riot’s own Premium Content Producer Preeti Khanolkar issued a response to the growing panic.

Despite showing the effect in their preview footage, “this isn’t happening in-game,” they clarified. It turns out, the bizarre knockback has “nothing to do with the [Protocol 781-A] skins at all.”

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“This knockback is due to the spot where we recorded the videos,” the dev explained. That particular section of Icebox is to blame due to an awkward interaction when “[shooting] the enemy from behind].”

After testing with “several skins” and even “default guns,” Riot concluded the new skin line is not at fault. If you down a target anywhere else on any given map, they will drop as intended.

The Protocol 781-A skin line is sure to be a popular pick as Episode 4 rolls around. But before you lock in your pick, we’ve got an early look at everything included in the latest Battle Pass.

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