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When is Valorant coming out? Release date, beta, more

Published: 3/Mar/2020 13:19 Updated: 3/Mar/2020 14:01

by Calum Patterson

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Riot Games have officially unveiled their first entry to the first-person shooter genre with Valorant, a 5v5, round-based, tactical shooter that is being compared to Overwatch, CS:GO and even TF2. But, when is the release date for Valorant? Here’s everything we know.

First only known as Project A, Riot kept their FPS under wraps for some time, before revealing it to the world on March 2.

It was met with excitement, anticipation, and skepticism in equal measure, as players from other shooters weighed up the pros and cons from the 2-minute gameplay reveal.

Valorant release date

Riot Games have confirmed that Valorant will launch in Summer 2020. But, at the time of writing, no exact release date has been revealed.

In their March 2 press release, Riot confirms that Valorant will release in “most regions around the world” in Summer 2020.

Riot Games Valorant character
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Valorant is causing a stir in the shooter community, as it attempts to rival the likes of CS:GO.

Will there be a Valorant beta?

With the game only a few months away from launch, the time for a beta could be fast approaching, if Riot plans to release one at all. There has already been behind-closed-door play sessions for content creators and esports professionals, confirming there is a playable version of the game available.

Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau previously reported that sources had claimed details of a beta would be released on March 2, but no beta was confirmed when the announcement came.

A report from Eurogamer claimed that the beta would be dropping in “the next few days”, but it’s not yet been confirmed by Riot.

That doesn’t mean a beta is totally ruled out, however. It’s also possible that the initial release of the game in Summer 2020 will in fact be a beta version of the game, to get all the kinks ironed out before a full release.

Riot Games' Valorant.
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The Valorant gameplay has been called a mix of CS:GO and Overwatch.

Will Valorant be on PS4, Xbox or Mobile?

Currently, Valorant is set to be a PC exclusive, with not even a hint that it will come to console or mobile devices.

The game is designed from the ground up with PC play in mind, as Riot boasts of the highly precise aim and movement mechanics, only achievable with a mouse and keyboard. They say it will be “optimized to perform on a wide variety of PC hardware, allowing for a global audience to compete.”

However, Riot has shown a willingness to expand beyond PC with other titles, namely Legends of Runeterra, which has a mobile version. At launch, we expect Valorant to be PC only, but depending on its popularity, we could see versions for other devices in the future.

Operator sniper in Valorant
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The Operator Sniper rifle in Valorant.

Is Valorant free to play?

Yes, Valorant is 100% free-to-play, just like League of Legends. Presumably. Riot will monetize the game through cosmetics, but no details on the exact cosmetic system, season or ‘battle pass’ structures have been announced yet.


Stay tuned to Dexerto and ValorantUpdates on Twitter, for more announcements and details of Valorant as soon as we have it. There’s still a lot we don’t know about this game, but it’s becoming one of the most anticipated titles of the year already, as the shooter genre prepares for another major player to enter the space.

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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.