Valorant: Riot Games' first non-LoL game to release this year

Posted by Bryan Terng on March 2, 2020

The upcoming free-to-play game is a blend of Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, standing as its own character-based team shooter.

Aside from a few side projects, Riot Games' sole focus has been on the wildly popular League of Legends (LoL) since its release in 2009. During their 10 year anniversary livestream late last year, they teased the impending arrival of three new games that they've been working on: Project A, Project L and Project F. With no new info regarding the trio since then (other than A being a tactical shooter and L as a fighting game set in the LoL universe), the silence has finally broken moments ago: Project A's real name is Valorant.

Set to be the next big thing from Riot, Valorant is a character-based tactical team shooter that pits squads of five against each other, where players can pick Agents - characters/heroes each with their own special abilities ala Overwatch or Apex Legends - that suit their play style. Unlike the LoL developer's bread and butter, the free-to-play shooter will be an original IP, taking place on Earth after a cataclysmic global event reshaped the world along with certain individuals, granting them hypernatural abilities that led them to become Agents.

Many have drawn comparisons between Valorant and Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), which brings to mind: is it an attempt by Riot to dethrone the OG of competitive shooter? It's hard to tell with the scarcity of available info.

But, we might know that soon enough - to be released sometime in the Summer this year, a beta test will also be available in the next few months. Whether or not the beta will be open to public is not yet known, so we'd have to wait patiently for now.

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