Riot Games have been dominating the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) realm for some time now. League of Legends is consistently one of the most played games on PC and on streaming platforms. However, as of 2019, the giant corporation had revealed that it was creating new properties. While certain projects will take inspiration from the existing MOBA, others will not. For instance, “Project A” is Riot’s take on the fast-paced hero shooter, and we now know it as Valorant.
A free-to-play 5v5 competitive and tactical shooter, it is the company’s answer to the likes of incumbents Overwatch and Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege.
Old hands, new tricks
Combining “precise shooting, lethal gunplay” and “unique character abilities,” Valorant will be more of a test of your skill and wits. The use of character abilities will come in handy, but they take on less of an importance.
Do not expect the likes of world-altering abilities like those seen in Overwatch or even Apex Legends. The abilities shown in Valorant thus far are more self-contained and smaller in effect.
A good shot will always trump all, as firefights can end in seconds if you make every round count. Headshots will typically net you one-shot-kills and take away the more bullet-spongey nature of similar shooters.
The comparisons to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege are obvious with Valorant, and the importance of approaching situations tactically and strategically comes through.
Made for spectating
Of course, with Riot Games’ pedigree, the expectation would be that Valorant translates into yet another profitable esports title for the company. No plans for tournaments or competitions have been shared, but we can definitely put that in the “likely” pile.
Aside from Valorant, Riot Games is also developing a Legends of Runeterra card game, as well as a yet-to-be-named fighting game, among other things.