Riot Games reveals Valorant, a free-to-play tactical shooter

Riot Games has finally put a name to Project A. The studio’s tactical shooter is called Valorant and is all about precise skill and high stakes.

Get ready for attackers vs defenders in a free-to-play game that wants to focus on clutch moments and creative gameplay styles. Two to five players will be thrown into maps together, trying to make their way to victory over 24 rounds of combat.

So far eight heroes have been introduced, with abilities and ultimates that make character choice tactical. Unlike other games with heroes with abilities and ultimates, Valorant will use a purchase and economy system similar to Counter Strike, with some abilities taking time to recharge after being used. Picking when to buy weapons and when to use ultimates will set a cadence to the rounds, with teams needing to think about the current round as well as future battles.

Riot Games wants all players to have a great time without cheaters interfering, and are aiming at “dedicated 128-tick servers for all global players, for free; a custom-built netcode in pursuit of precise hit registration; server authoritative game architecture and proprietary anti-cheat prevention and detection from day one.”

Valorant is planned to release on PC later this year when we start getting cold enough to wear closed shoes.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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