Will Valorant ever get battle royale? Riot devs discuss future modes - Dexerto

Will Valorant ever get battle royale? Riot devs discuss future modes

Published: 26/Jun/2020 18:40

by Michael Gwilliam


Valorant developers from Riot Games have answered a series of questions about the future of the game and new modes that could be added down the line. For fans of battle royales, there’s some good news and bad news.

In an interview with Eurogamer, eight members of Riot’s Valorant developer team were asked questions about the various aspect of their prized FPS game. They ranged from inquires about a next-gen console port to the game’s visuals and any new content that could be coming up.


The big questions, however, came in regards to new modes that could be added in the future, the major one being a possible battle royale or a similar experience.

“Could Valorant technically support, for example, tens or hundreds of players in a single match, or a game mode with a much larger map?” Eurogamer asked game tech lead David Straily.

Valorant player uses sniper rifle
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It’s hard to imagine a tactical shooter becoming a battle royale.

While the question didn’t say battle royale by name, it basically fit the mode’s general description, and, as it turns out, Valorant currently wouldn’t be able to support it, at least not without some major drawbacks.

“Not without some compromise on our 128-tick servers and client performance targets,” Straily replied.

While it may seem like this is a no-go, he did provide just a touch of hope: “If we ever were to do something at this scale, we would run a thorough investigation to find the best solve which maximizes player value. In the ideal, we would do something with dynamic tick rates, where you keep a high frame rate when it matters most in gameplay, and then scale it down in situations where competitive integrity is a less critical need.”

Valorant player clears room
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It’s still possible that Valorant could get a battle royale.

Are modded modes coming to Valorant?

Eurogamer also asked about players being able to mod Valorant and potentially create their own game modes through the use of a system similar to that of Overwatch’s Workshop.

“We’ve definitely considered it, but I think ultimately we find it difficult to focus our efforts on delivering a streamlined experience while also supporting and helping to curate community created content,” game director Joe Ziegler replied.

“This may change in the future, but for the time being, given how much we are focused on bringing the gameplay forward, filling out our content, and pushing improvements to our out of game experiences, our developers already have a full plate.”

Phoenix reloads his weapon in Valorant
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Valorant could be getting more game modes.

Riot has discussed Retake servers

Finally, they were asked about Retake servers and allowing teams to practice a critical part of a round, having to take back or defend a bombsite. According to Ziegler, it’s something they’ve thought of in the past and it’s “possible” they’ll be adding it in the future.

“We may introduce something similar to this concept as part of our efforts to add more practice modes or alternate modes in the future as we evolve the game,” he said.


Valorant may still be in its infancy, but it’s good to see that the game’s future could be filled with all sorts of new modes to keep players coming back for years.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.


As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

Valorant First Strike art
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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.