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Valorant devs reveal how Radianite Points will be used in the future

Published: 20/Jun/2020 23:08

by Alan Bernal

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Radianite Points (RP) in Valorant are going to get more uses as the game develops, giving players different ways to cash in the “evolving currency” for Riot Games’ tactical shooter.

The studio behind Valorant answered hot-button community questions in a June 20 ‘Ask Valorant’ post in which they addressed concerns on the topic of Points and its omission on the list of rewards from the Battle Pass.

In their explanation, they outlined why Radianite Points are the most featured currency currently in the pass, and how it will expand to other offerings in the game that could bump up its allure to players.

As it is, it takes 75 RP to fully upgrade the Sovereign Guardian from its base skin to the Level 7 Purple variant that players can buy into. The Episode 1 Ignition Battle Pass rewards people with a total of 130 RP.

Stocking up on RP is a long term investment in Riot’s eye, and one that will pay off with the chance to upgrade more items in people’s collections than it does right now.

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The Sovereign Guardian takes 75 RP to max out its seven levels.

“Our plan is to have Radianite Points become the evolving currency of VALORANT,” Riot Revenue Lead, Joe Lee explained. “So as we develop new features, we hope you’ll be able to use it to buy more Gun Buddies, upgrade Player Cards and Sprays in addition to what is currently just weapon skins.”

There’s already an indication of these future upgrades, at least on the surface. There are sprays in the game that feature fun and creative art to stick around the map. But there are other types of sprays that have an animated component to them, making them just that much more engaging.

Further, Lee said there will be ways to use RP for leveling up content directly unlocked from the Battle Pass, which should give players a streamlined way of extending their $10 base buy-in.

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Players can use Valorant Points to purchase Radianite Points.

It’s unclear what Riot has planned as far as these upgrades go, but there are some free unlockable items that already stand above the rest in terms of presentation.

There are still plenty of adaptations that the Valorant community want the devs to make in terms of the RP and Valorant Points distribution, but the studio is hoping that future updates will bring more value to both structures soon.

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Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin

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Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

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Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.