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Valorant leak finds site retake & battle royale esque game mode in files

Published: 20/Sep/2020 18:01

by Andy Williams

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A reputable data miner has discovered two potential game modes in the Valorant game files following Patch 1.08 — with one of the modes appearing to hold the fundamentals for a mini battle royale mode.

It’s only been three months since Valorant launched to the public, and Riot have already added a considerable amount based on the community’s feedback. When the community wanted a fast-paced game mode, Riot added Spike Rush. When they wanted a fresh way to warm-up, they added Deathmatch.

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So it’s safe to say that Riot have had their ear firmly pressed to the ground to better understand what their player base wants from their tactical shooter. And with that said, a file discovered by ValorLeaks after Patch 1.08 appears to indicate that two new modes are hidden deep within the game files – though whether they’ll actually make it into the FPS is unknown.

According to the data miner’s Tweet, there are two game modes — one which appears to revolve around a Reactor Site retake component, while the other seems to resemble a battle royale-esque mode.

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Player defusing Spike on Ascent.
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More modes maybe be on the way to supplement Valorant’s traditional Spike Defuse mode.

Valorant leaker discovers two potential game modes

The first potential mode — referred to as ‘Alt6’ — contains Orbs, according to ValorLeaks. Per the Tweet, Agents would obtain Weapon Orbs, Ultimate Orbs, and Health Orbs, which would essentially represent the ‘looting’ component of a battle royale. Although, with that said, there is no direct mention of a collapsing circle, akin to most titles within that genre.

The second — referred to as ‘SiteRush’ — revolves solvely around planting the Spike as fast as possible. Given that the planting the Spike would present a retake scenario for Defenders, similarities could be drawn between that and a ‘retake’ game mode, which is a popular practice mode in CS:GO.

According to claims made by the data miner, this is currently being tested on C-Site, which presumably refers to Haven’s Reactor Site (unless there’s a dedicated map embedded in the game files for testing purposes).

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Valorant leak from ValorLeaks.
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ValorLeaks’ Tweet detailing leaked game modes in Valorant.

It’s worth noting that the aforementioned leak likely represents part of developer dump files, which are often left behind when updates are shipped.

With that in mind, it’s worth taking ValorLeaks’ Tweet with a pinch of salt… At least until Riot release official information pertaining to any new game modes.

While Valorant’s Game Director, Joe Ziegler, has previously stated that future modes are in the works to help break up competitive play and helps players achieve more “social downtime,” it’s difficult to draw parallels between that statement and this leak so early on.

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Apex Legends

Horizon officially revealed in Apex Legends via new Season 7 teasers

Published: 14/Oct/2020 0:40 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 0:47

by Alan Bernal

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A new round of teasers for Apex Legends Season 7 has officially revealed a character named Horizon, as Respawn starts to wind up the hype for the next era in the battle royale.

The studio introduced a ‘monitor’ in the Firing Range which served as a terminal that played a video featuring someone talking off-screen. After completing all the challenges handed to you, the monitor officially introduces Dr. Mary Somers, also called Horizon.

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That was a strong indication that Respawn could have Horizon queued up to be the Season 7 Legend, especially since she says “see ya real soon, darlins.” About a month out from the next season is about the time that the devs like to whet their fans’ appetites for new content.

Now we have a clear picture of who to expect to play in the Games soon. By how she introduced herself, it also sounds like Horizon and her crew will be making a major splash in Apex Legends whenever they finally debut.

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“All that data you’ve provided us will come in handy… when we face ya in the Games,” Horizon said, after the player completed all of the challenges.

The same day as the teaser released in Apex, Respawn also announced the Championship Edition of the game that will be coming in Season 7. In that trailer, we see the silhouette of the next Legend for the game, which could very well be Horizon.

Earlier in October, dataminer ‘Biast’ found the challenges and the teaser that players are finding today. Horizon’s badge was also previewed in these leaks, with the image of her face and prominent goggles.

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Horizon was also listed as an Offensive-type Legend in another slate of leaks that listed six other characters that were rumored for Apex.

Challenges all completed! All 3 teasers in one video from apexlegends

It should be noted that the order of the characters in that leak suggested she was still four Legend releases away from coming to Apex, but that obviously wouldn’t be the case if she arrives in Season 7.

While the in-game teaser has made Horizon an official character in Apex, fans should still wait to see if she turns out to be an Offensive Legend.

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These teasers usually leaves people with more questions than they answer, but everything should be more clear when Season 7 launches in Apex Legends.