Valorant, Riot Games' Tactical Shooter, Launches This June With a New Mode

Valorant, Riot Games' Tactical Shooter, Launches This June With a New Mode

It'll also have a new Agent, map, and cosmetic content.

Valorant has been in closed beta for a while now, with hopeful stream viewers sitting in Twitch chat for a key. Today, Riot Games announced that Valorant will launch on June 2, and it'll have a new mode as well.

Unveiled as part of Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest by executive producer Anna Donlon and game director Joe Ziegler, Valorant will be open to all starting in June with a slate of new content planned for launch. The two discussed the launch day update, which will include a new Agent, map, and cosmetic weapon skins, before mentioning that a new mode will be on the way.

Although they didn't specify what the mode would be, Ziegler expanded on the Valorant team's thinking behind it. "One of the things we were trying to get key on was having a shorter mode that you can play in-between the higher stress, longer competitive matches," said Ziegler.

It's not Team Deathmatch though, as Donlon assures. She also says that players can expect another content update sometime this summer, though there's no date to announce yet for it. Considering how fast Valorant went from an intriguing new FPS to overnight Twitch sensation, it's fair that the team will likely aim for a window rather than date for the time being.

Valorant is an impressively technical tactical shooter that mixes the strategy and shooting of Counter-Strike with the hero abilities and quips of Overwatch. It's been fairly popular on Twitch, though part of that is likely due to Valorant using the Twitch drops system for beta keys. With the game in full launch, it'll be interesting to see where Riot Games can take the tactical shooter from here.

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