Valorant: A new upcoming Competitive FPS Game, Full details, release date, trailer, beta gameplay, and everything to know

Riot Games' hardcore new FPS blends the character abilities of Overwatch with the precision gunplay of Counter-Strike.

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Valorant is an upcoming competitive first-person shooter game by Riot Games. The game is likely the dame as CS:GO or we can say an upgraded version of CS:GO but this game is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated releases of the year. The game is not yet launched but the betas are going on. This weekend Riot Games allowed some content creators to share footage of their hands-on time with Valorant.

Who developed this game?

The game is developed by Riot Games, One of the strongest gaming companies. League of Legends is a highly successful game by Riot Games and one of the most played games in the world. Also, LOL is watched by millions of players in the eSports arena. After years, Riot Games decided to expand its gaming variety. There are several projects coming out. However, maybe the most interesting one is Valorant. Valorant is a 5v5 Hero shooter and it combines Overwatch and CS: GO. The game is expected to fill a void in the current FPS market. Currently, Riot Games announced that the Beta of the game is coming soon. But will Valorant come to PS and Xbox?

When is Valorant’s release date?

Riot hasn’t officially confirmed a release date for Valorant, but it’s planning to release it in the summer of 2020. The exact release date will depend on feedback received during Valorant’s beta

How do I get into the Valorant Closed Beta?

Riot has announced that the Valorant closed beta will begin on April 7, 2020 in the US, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Turkey. Unlike most betas that email accepted participants at random, you’ll have to get a random beta key by watching qualified Twitch streamers. Here’s how to sign up:

  • Register for a Riot account (create a Riot account here
  • Link your Riot account to a Twitch account (create a Twitch account here
  • When closed beta activates in your region (EU and NA for now), watch specific Valorant streams highlighted on Twitch for the opportunity to be entitled to Closed Beta access 

Watch gameplay trailer of Valorant right now

To the Main question, What is Valorant?

Valorant is a tactical 5v5 character-based shooter set in a near-future version of Earth. There’ll be around 10 characters at launch with more coming. All the characters have a set of four unique abilities, two of which you have to buy with money earned between rounds, at the same time you buy weapons and armor.

Once you’ve chosen your character, you’re locked into them for the entirety of a match, which consists of up to 24 rounds with sudden death in the event of a tie. Currently there is only one main mode: Bomb defusal. Just like in Counter-Strike, one team must plant a bomb at a bomb site while the other team defends.

Though the abilties seem inspired by Overwatch, Valorant has some key distinctions that make it a lot more like Counter-Strike. For one, each character’s “ultimate” ability has an extremely long cooldown that can last multiple rounds, so you won’t be constantly firing wall-piercing arrows, laying tripmines, or triggering poison-cloud ambushes.

Characters also aren’t bound to using one type of gun. At the beginning of each round, you can purchase a variety of different weapons in addition to some secondary abilities that have a limited number of charges. But Valorant’s combat emphasizes skilled gunplay more than high-powered abilities.

Speaking of gunplay, Valorant’s guns will be just about as deadly as CS:GO and Siege’s. Headshots will almost always be a one-hit kill, while most rifles will kill characters with three to four shots to the torso. Expect firefights in Valorant to be fast.

About Valorant’s characters?

Though the roster will likely expand in the future, Riot said it’s aiming to have at least 10 characters ready for Valorant’s launch. Though we haven’t seen or played all ten, here’s a quick overview of the nine we do know about.

  • Sova – Fires magic arrows that penetrate walls and can travel clear across the map and deal big damage.
  • Phoenix – Can curve flashbangs around corners.
  • Cypher – A defensive powerhouse who can lay trip mines and stick a camera to a wall to watch for flanking attacks.
  • Jett – Can leap into the air and throw knives for quick, surprise kills.
  • Viper – Can unleash poison clouds that blind enemies or zone them into a deadly ambush.
  • Brimstone – Calls in orbital bombardments that either help friends or obliterate enemies.
  • Sage – Valorant’s resident medic can heal or revive allies.
  • Omen – A shifty rogue who can get behind enemy lines or temporarily blind them.
  • Breach – A seismic force that disorients enemies and ignores the boundaries of walls.

What about Valorant guns?

(Image Credit: Riot Games)

Like Counter-Strike, weapons in Valorant are purchased at the beginning of each round, meaning no character is stuck using one type of weapon. While we don’t know too much about Valorant’s arsenal, here’s a quick overview of each gun.

  • Sidearms – Base pistol, slim (sawed-off), auto pistol, luger, revolver
  • SMGs – Vector, MP4
  • Shotguns – Pump, auto
  • Rifles – Burst, DMR, AK, Carbine
  • Snipers – Leversniper, Bolt Sniper
  • Heavies – LMG, HMG
  • Melee – Tactical knife

What’s the big deal with Valorant’s anti-cheat system and servers? 

Riot has indicated that it’s investing a lot of time and energy into solving some of the biggest problems facing multiplayer shooters: Cheating and lag. On the cheating front, Riot has developed a new kernel-level anticheat system that it says should make most common forms of hacking impossible, making Valorant extra secure against aimhacks. What’s interesting, though, is that the development team also designed every feature with possible exploits in mind.

One example given in our hands-on preview is that the crosshair doesn’t change colors when it passes over an enemy, because dishonest players could easily write a script that checks those pixels and automatically fires a shot when they change colors.

Riot is also using server technology developed for League of Legends with the aim of providing a consistently lag-free experience. Dedicated servers for each region will run with a 128 tickrate, which should result in more responsive ballistics and character movement. For reference, CS:GO’s matchmaking uses 64 tick servers, while Apex Legends appears to be as low as 20.

Valorant will also use Riot Direct, a global networking infrastructure that Riot built for League of Legends to guarantee players always get the fastest and most stable connection to multiplayer servers. If you’ve never heard of Riot Direct this video explains how it works, but the gist is that even with the fastest internet and servers, lag can still occur thanks to how internet service providers route traffic through their hub.

Back in 2014, Riot started partnering with different ISPs around the world to physically add routers into their datacenters that would ensure League of Legends players had a more consistent, lower ping across the US and Europe. Valorant will use that same infrastructure and with Riot Direct, Riot predicts that 70 percent of players will access regional Valorant servers with a ping lower than 35 ms. 

Valorant system requirements

Minimum (30fps)

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: Intel i3-370M
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000 (1GB VRAM)

Recommended (60fps)

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: Intel i3-370M
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000 (1GB VRAM)

High-end (144+fps)

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2Ghz
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti (1GB VRAM)

These specs are pretty darn low for most PC gamers out there. Even if you haven’t upgraded your rig in years, Valorant will probably run like a dream. Valiant’s painterly art style and flat lighting make a lot more sense when you consider its wide compatibility.

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