Good news if you're a fan of Riot Games' arena FPS Valorant. Originally slated for a "summer 2020" launch, the game will instead launch in full in just a few weeks on June 2nd, a few weeks ahead of summer.
This news came via today's Summer Game Fest stream. Riot Games' Anna Donlon and Joe Ziegler joined journalist Geoff Keighley in order to discuss Valorant and its upcoming launch. The game will come complete with 11 agents. Riot originally planned to launch 12, but one "didn't make the cut". That agent will be released post-launch. A new map is also coming at launch. You can check out the launch announce trailer for Valorant, along with a sneak peek at the new map, right here:
Riot says it's planning to release a new mode for Valorant at launch, but that the mode will carry a beta tag, meaning its features and structure aren't finalized yet. Donlon and Ziegler say the new mode will be faster and more immediate than the "high-stress" games you'd normally play in Valorant. They did say th new mode won't be the highly requested Team Deathmatch, but that they are aware of the community's interest in that mode. More details will be forthcoming as we move closer to the launch date.
Valorant originally entered open beta back in April. In order to obtain an access key to the closed beta, players needed to first sign up for a Riot Games account along with a Twitch account. Once that was done, players than needed to watch certain Valorant streams with the "Drops Enabled" tag attached to them. Watching those streams would give players the chance to enter the closed beta.
This stream is part of gaming journalist and presenter Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest. Previous streams under this label have included the reveal of Epic's Unreal Engine 5 and remakes of PS1 classics Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2. You can follow the Summer Game Fest right here on Twitter if you'd like to keep up with the latest updates and news. In the meantime, start getting your pro strategies ready for Valorant's PC launch on June 2nd.
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