Riot Games' Tactical Shooter Valorant Has Been Six Years in the Making

Riot Games' Tactical Shooter Valorant Has Been Six Years in the Making

The new competitive shooter from Riot has been in the works for a while.

Valorant is one of many new projects set to assure the "Games" part of Riot Games reads true. And while it was part of a massive rollout of announcements, the truth seems to be that Valorant has been in development for a long time up to this point.

In a Discord AMA with Trevor "Classick" Romleski, lead game designer, on the official Valorant Discord (transcribed here by Reddit user "thepixelbuster"), the project has been in development for quite some time. In response to how long ago he started working on Valorant, he responded with about six years in total; "three years R&D, three years pre-production/production." In a Polygon feature on Valorant's development, other developers give a similar timeframe of "just over six years."

Other parts of the AMA point to where Valorant will differ from Riot Games' well-known property, League of Legends. Romleski says Valorant is a "different IP" from League, so we probably won't see Teemo picking up a rifle anytime soon.

There are also a lot of customization options, like setting your crosshair shapes and colorblind options that are currently in progress. Though Romleski says there's "no singleplayer [sic]," the team is interested in "further agent development through other methods over time."

Valorant looks like Riot Games' take on the Counter-Strike genre, complete with ancient hardware compatibility, in-game economy, and objective-oriented gameplay. It's already received some notable praise from Counter-Strike players, and is set to launch in summer 2020.

It's also one of several new projects in the works at Riot Games, including a fighting game and Legends of Runeterra, which is currently in open beta.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Apex Legends Heads to Steam Next Month, Switch Version Delayed to 2021

The start of Season 7 will mark Apex's Steam debut.

Devolver Digital Acquires Serious Sam Makers Croteam

A press release jokes that it could also be the other way around, but let's keep this publisher/developer relationship simple.

Need help?

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Weapons Tier List

Here's our guide compiling the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 weapons list, including all weapon unlock levels, and more.

Borderlands 3 Shift Codes List (August 2020)

All the info you need on getting and redeeming SHiFT Codes in Borderlands 3, plus how to get Golden Keys to earn loot.

Destiny 2 Xenophage Quest - How to Get the New Xenophage Machine Gun

This is how to complete the Destiny 2 Xenophage quest, including all puzzles, and more.

Apex Legends Wattson - Abilities, Skins, How to Win With Wattson Apex Legends

This is our guide to Wattson in Apex Legends, featuring all her legendary skins, new abilities, tips, and more.