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Valorant Episode 1: Act 2 – Battlepass, Glitchpop skins, more

Published: 3/Aug/2020 16:00 Updated: 5/Jan/2021 16:00

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games have revealed details for Valorant’s Episode 1: Act 2, set to go live on August 4. Here’s everything you need to know, from the Battlepass cost to the brand new Glitchpop skin collection.

Valorant’s Episode 1: Act 1 Battlepass was a huge hit. Filled to the brim with a plethora of cosmetic goodies, Riot issued players with a system that rewarded players for their grind. Now, the developers have upped their game once again with the Act 2 Battlepass, set to release on August 4.

Valorant Act 2 Battlepass

Costing 1,000 Valorant Points (VP) for the Premium version, players will be able to grind through the same chapter-based system to earn more themed goodies. From weapon skins to player cards, the Act 2 Battlepass is packed with enough content to deck out your loadout.

The Battlepass will also contain a shed load of Radianite Points. So if you’re eager to unlock an extra tier on an existing weapon skin, then there’ll be plenty of points up for grabs in Act 2.

Valorant Act 2 weapon skins.
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Three collections will be featured in the Act 2 Battlepass: Hivemind, POLYfox, and Red Alert.

Valorant Act 2: Weapon skins & melee

Just like in Act 1, there will be a running theme with the cosmetic rewards offered in the Battlepass. Three weapon skin collections will run through Act 2: Hivemind, POLYfox, and Red Alert.

As part of their press release, Riot’s Valorant Art Lead, Sean Marino, spoke about the inspiration behind Act 2’s weapon skins. “We wanted to add more variety to the gun skins so that a player who never buys skins in the store (and only wants to buy the Battlepass) still feels like they’re getting some variety.”

“In general, we had a lot more fun developing this Battlepass because it feels more real — as if we’re developing the pass with the community — and it helps that we’re slowly getting better at designing the content, too.”

Hivemind melee in Valorant.
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Players will be able to grind for the Hivemind Knife, which will presumably be available at Level 50 of the Battlepass.

Glitchpop skin collection

The Glitchpop skin collection will be available as a separate entity to the Battlepass. Inspired by a dystopian future, this skin line will offer a variety of upgrades to change the colorful scheme offered at base.

The bundle will be offered at 8,700 VP — with four weapon skins on offer (Bulldog, Frenzy, Judge, and Odin) as well as a melee skin. Each skin will cost 2,175 VP sold separately, while the Knife will be offered at 4,350 VP on its own.

Each weapon skin will have seven tiers of customization, including three VFX upgrades, one finisher upgrade, and three cosmetic variants. Players will also be able to upgrade the melee with an optional VFX where the blade color changes each time you equip the Knife.

In addition to the brand new Battlepass and Glitchpop skin collection, Riot have announced the highly requested FFA Deathmatch game mode, which will be going live in beta on August 5.

To top things off, Riot will be also introducing a brand new Competitive ranking system, which will better reflect your progression through the ranks at the end of every Act.

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Riot respond to criticism about “women only” tournaments for Valorant

Published: 24/Feb/2021 14:42

by Lauren Bergin

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Riot Games’ newest addition to the Valorant Champions Tour is VCT Game Changers, a competition for women and marginalized genders. Howver, the announcement was met with a portion of criticism, prompting a response from the devs.

As Valorant’s esports scene continues to grow, Riot have clarified that they’re looking to extend the competitive experience to people who often find themselves on the periphery.

VCT Game Changers is a Valorant tournament dedicated to women and other marginalized genders, and while many have come out in support of the tournament, others have questioned the move to host a separate event that excludes male players specifically.

Riot’s devs, however, have hit back at criticism regarding the tournament and have offered further clarification on the motives behind Game Changers.

Riot explain VCT tournament

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Riot’s devs have defended VCT Game Changers, Valorant’s newest competition.

After the thread dedicated to discussing Game Changers started to receive some mixed responses, several members of the Riot development team clarified their stance.

Valorant’s Insights & Strategy dev Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm shed some light on the philosophy behind the competition. They highlight that “the goal of this program is not to divide genders in competitive play, but rather to support the communities of women who exist in Valorant and highlight incredible players of those communities.”

A second response came from Head of Video Production Nathan ‘R3DALERT’ H, who clarified that “Going pro is a very different prospect for people who aren’t men. It’s important to create an avenue that is free from at least some of the social and political forces marginalized groups face.”

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Reyna is just one of Valorant’s many strong-willed female Agents.

This response comes relatively close to a promise from fellow developer Aeneia that Riot are taking issues with sexism and gender-based abuse seriously, and are planning to take action in the near future.

The Valorant Champions Tour: Game Changers kicks off in March, first in North America. The prize pool will match that of the Ignition Series, and runs alongside the main body of the Valorant Champions Tour circuit.