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Valorant leak gives players first look at Bombshell’s turret ability

Published: 16/Jun/2020 4:23

by Andrew Amos

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A new Valorant leak dating back to the closed beta has given players a first look at unreleased Agent Bombshell’s turret ability.

While gunplay is important in Valorant, abilities make the game special. From creating dynamic terrain, to boosting your firepower, abilities are there to augment your gunplay ⁠— unless you’re Raze and you kill people with them instead.

Raze might not be the only one in that department anymore though. While players have known about Bombshell, and his deployable turret, since the closed beta, only recently have players been given a first look at how it could work, and it could completely change the game.

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The Vertraulich card in Valorant’s Ignition battle pass is a teaser for unreleased Agent Bombshell.

Data miner ‘floxay’ shared footage of the turret animation on Twitter. The turret gets dropped on the ground, before popping up in segments. It takes about two seconds to deploy completely, so it probably has to be set in place before you can use it.

On top of that, the animation floxay shared will be in a first-person perspective in-game. Players won’t jump out to a third-person view to deploy the turret, which would pose its own set of problems.

However, floxay couldn’t determine whether the turret would be controlled by the player ⁠— similar to Tachanka’s in Rainbow Six ⁠— or would be automated ⁠— like Torbjorn’s in Overwatch. Either way, it’s a game changer.

The turret file appeared briefly between beta releases of Valorant, however it was removed on Patch 0.49. This was around the time players started hearing about Bombshell’s voicelines, and other rumors too.

It’s only a skeleton, but players can expect something akin to this once Bombshell actually joins the Valorant roster.

The turret isn’t going to be Bombshell’s only ability ⁠— after all, every Valorant Agent has four of them. Players have also been given a first look at a “Nano Storm Bot,” although what this ability does remains unclear.

Valorant was meant to be released with 12 Agents, but Riot pulled the plug on one of them before launch ⁠— presumably Bombshell.

However, with more leaks popping up, it might only be a matter of weeks, or even days, before we see them added.

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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.