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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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Riot reveals plan to revert Valorant First Strike Global Finals patch

Published: 20/Nov/2020 12:04

by Lauren Bergin

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Valorant Patch 1.11 threw Future Earth into absolute chaos for pro players and casual gamers alike. But Riot Games has revealed part of their plan towards running First Strike’s Global Finals in the wake of the 1.11 madness.

Patch 1.11 will be etched into the history of both Valorant and Riot Games alike. Described by Valorant devs as being a “nightmare,” the disruption caused by the patch has clearly influenced developers’ decisions to release less patches until December.

This chaos, however, couldn’t have come at a worse time. The patch was released and then repealed right in the middle of the regional qualifiers for First Strike.

This left a lot of fans curious as to which patch players would be competing on, whether there would be a patch change midway through some tournaments and how this impacted competitive integrity. Well, in the latest instalment of Ask Valorant, Valorant Esports Strategy Manager, Riley Yurk, has explained how this will work with the upcoming First Strike: Global Finals.

Skye in Valorant
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Patch 1.11 included Skye, the game’s newest Agent who currently isn’t available for pro play.

First Strike Global Finals: Which patch will pros play on?

Yurk describes the current status of the First Strike as being ‘Tournament Realm-lite’, referring to the idea that the patch has been altered in pro play to remain the same throughout the event, but there is no private tournament server… Yet!

He states that “we were planning on using a separate patchline (consider this Tournament Real-lite) for the main event, but ended up launching this early to allow tournaments to continue on the same patch they started on. This has allowed us to keep esports on a separate patch from live and is something we’re bringing back globally for the First Strike main event Dec 3-6.”

So while games will all be on the same patch, it is currently speculation as to what exact patch this is. What has been made clear, though, is that Skye and Icebox will no longer be disabled for the main First Strike event, which begins December 3.

In addition to this, the latest Patch (1.12) was very esports driven, so the likelihood is that Riot will implement 1.12 for the main First Strike event.

However, we’ll keep you updated as further details emerge regarding the final decision about the First Strike patch, so watch this space!