Valorant

Everything coming in Valorant Episode 2 Act 1: Agent Yoru, new battlepass, more

Published: 9/Jan/2021 16:00 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 15:15

by Lauren Bergin

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Valorant fans have long been awaiting Episode 2: Act 1 and it’s finally dropping on January 12! From new Agent Yoru, to a host of skins — new and old — making their entrance in the battlepass, here’s everything you need to know.

One of the most exciting things about Valorant is its rolling, episodic storyline. Every Act during Episode 1 saw a whole host of cool new features added to the game, so it’s safe to say players are expecting Episode 2 to drop with a bang.

Between a new Agent and a new battlepass, there’s no shortage of new content. Here’s all you need to know about Valorant Episode 2 Act 1.

When does Valorant Episode 2 Act 1 release?

Valorant Episode 2 Act 1 is primed for release on January 12, 2021. All the new content you see below will be available from then. Patch 2.0 — the release update coming with the Episode — will also go live at the same time.

Yoru firing Judge in Valorant
Riot Games
Yoru is the first Valorant Agent release of 2021.

New Agent Yoru

A new Act, a new Agent. Yoru is joining the Valorant roster as the game’s 14th Agent, and the fifth duelist available to players. He’s heavily focused on lurking, with the ability to go invisible and send enemies on the chase with his decoys.

If you want more information on the new Agent, we’ve got all you need to know right here.

Valorant Episode 2 Act 1 battlepass with 50 tiers

Sticking to the usual price point of 1000 Valorant Points (VP), the Episode 2 Battlepass offers players a chance to grind through a series of challenges in order to earn gun skins, buddies and other limited edition rewards.

There will be 50 tiers, like all the battlepasses in Episode 1. There will be 12 gun skins, including a set of variants for the Infinity skins players can invest their Radianite Points into, and a host of teasers for what’s coming in Act 2.

Valorant Battlepass Episode 2 Act 1 Skins
Riot Games, Dexerto
The Infinity, Outpost and Aerosol skins are this Act’s Battlepass line.

The Act 1 Battlepass will only be running from January 12 to March 1 which, while it sounds like a lot of time on paper, will slip away very quickly. Make sure you’re ready to grind and grab all of the special items before it’s too late!

Returning “Run It Back” skin line

With every new Act comes a new skin collection, but this one has a few familiar faces. The Run-It-Back skin bundle is a collection of skins from previous Acts that fans have shown their love for.

The bundle will cost 5,946 VP, and includes five iconic skins from Valorant’s past. There’s the Sovereign Ghost, Oni Phantom, Prime Spectre, Nebula Ares, and Spline Operator.

R-I-B Skin Bundle Valorant Episode 2 Act 1
Riot Games
Notice a few familiar faces?

“We get a lot of messages on social media from players who started playing after those skins were released, who tell us they’re checking their store every day hoping to get that one special skin they want,” producers Sean Marino and Khanolkar noted.

“This was also our way of offering a bundle that included five very different skins, so that players who want a different feeling and theme for each of their weapons can have that variety within a single bundle.”

If you only want to pick up one of the skins individually you can do so. However, you’ll be missing out on the 33% discount by not picking them up together. If you already own a couple of the skins, the price will also be dynamically cut for you so you can get the discount.

Overwatch

Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
Blizzard
These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”