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Valorant release date and closed beta end date confirmed

Published: 21/May/2020 16:01

by Calum Patterson

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Riot Games have officially confirmed the release date for Valorant is June 2, with the Closed Beta ending on May 28.

Previously, Riot had only given a vague release window of Summer 2020, and with the closed beta being a resounding success so far, they are clearly confident in sticking to that timeframe.

Valorant puts a new twist of the classic competitive FPS genre, mixing in Overwatch-style abilities with the straight-up gunplay popularized by Counter-Strike. It’s been a hit on Twitch and with those lucky enough to access the beta, which has also been given an end date.

Valorant release date

The release date for Valorant is Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The full game will be available for everyone in most regions, and it is entirely free to download and play.

“Our goal has always been to bring Valorant to as much of the world as soon as possible, so we’re hyped to be able to do so on June 2,” said Valorant’s Executive producer, Anna Donlon. “The team looks forward to starting our decades-long commitment to servicing the global VALORANT community. This is just the beginning of our journey together.”

Valorant artwork
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The full release for Valorant has been confirmed for June 2, 2020.

New Game mode, Map and Agent at launch

Riot also confirmed that when the full game releases on June 2, it will feature a new game mode, Agent and map.

Speculation will probably conclude that the new game mode will be some form of Deathmatch, which players have been requesting, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

The beta featured ten Agents and only three maps. The new map could be ‘Ascent’, which was previously leaked, and even features in some screenshots.

Valorant map ascent with players
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This screenshot is from a map not available in the closed beta.

When does the Valorant Closed Beta end?

Riot Games have confirmed that the Valorant Closed Beta will finish on May 28, giving players only one more week from the announcement to get their final reps in.

This will be disappointing to some, as there had been hopes that the beta would continue until the full launch.

However, Riot have said that the time in between the beta and the full release will allow them to “reset player accounts, patch new content, and prepare for the beginning of VALORANT’s worldwide launch.”

When the full game releases, players will start completely fresh, with all of their levels and ranks reset, so that all players are starting from the same point.

New server locations

Also confirmed in the announcement was the addition of new server locations. These include Atlanta, Dallas, London, Madrid, and Warsaw.

This should lower latency for players in various locations, and provide a more even playing field for all.


To keep up to date with everything Valorant ahead of release, follow us on Twitter at @ValorantUpdates.

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Valorant devs confirm new Sage buff on the way in patch 1.13

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton

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While Sage was an insta-lock in the early phases of Valorant, the Sentinel Agent dipped drastically due to a series of hefty nerfs. However, Riot Games has confirmed she’ll be getting some love in the next major update.

When Valorant launched, Sage was the only Agent in the game capable of healing allies. Others were capable of healing themselves, but her kit provided something entirely unique. Combined with an extremely chunky Barrier Orb that could block off a certain path, and you had an “out of control” Agent that was picked in almost every match.

It took multiple balance updates and various ability reworks to bring her back down a notch. Since then, along with the introduction of new characters, Sage has seen her pick-rate drop tremendously. The Agent has only seen play in two professional matches over the past 60 days, according to VLR.

In attempt to find a middle ground and get Sage back on track, Riot has confirmed a new buff is on the way. Here’s what we can expect in Valorant’s 1.13 update coming soon.

While it was a critical Killjoy bug that stole the spotlight on November 30, Sage was also in focus due to an issue with her wall. Thanks to the Barrier Orb being placed pre-round, she could help a friendly Omen teleport across the map and quite literally break the game.

As a result, the Agent will no longer be able to place a wall down before a round gets going. This may have seemed like a temporary fix, though Riot soon clarified it “will be sticking around in the next patch.”

“Don’t worry,” they stressed. Sage isn’t being properly nerfed again. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite this adjustment, a “small balance change” is in the works to “put a little power back into her barrier.”

There’s no telling exactly what that looks like just yet. Whether it’s more health, added size, or something new altogether, we’re yet to find out. Though it’s only a matter of time until Sage’s wall is stronger than it’s been for the past few weeks.

It’s clear Riot doesn’t want a repeat of Sage’s dominance. So they’re playing things safe for the time being. Instead of buffing the Agent in a number of ways, Riot confirmed a singular buff to her Barrier Orb and her Barrier Orb alone.

There’s no date announced for patch 1.13 just yet. Though we do already know something else on the way. The incoming update looks to address the smurfing issue once again, cracking down on those making secondary accounts.