Valorant's Next Patch Will Let You Throw in the Towel Early

Valorant's Next Patch Will Let You Throw in the Towel Early

Teams not balanced? Someone's trolling? In version 1.02, you'll be able to just give up.

Riot Games's new team-based shooter Valorant arrived on the scene with nearly all the hallmarks of a well-oiled competitive experience, but one conspicuous absence has given some folks a hard time. Currently, Valorant doesn't have an option for a team to easily surrender or forfeit a match, meaning players who're stuck in an unfun, unwinnable scenario have to ride the whole thing out. Thankfully, that's about to change.

Today, in the first installment of a new column called Ask Valorant, Riot revealed that an "early surrender" option will be coming in Valorant's next patch, 1.02. There's no release date set for the new patch just yet, but it's safe to assume it'll be out pretty soon. If you've grown tired of grinding out matches you can't win, maybe now's a good time for a break.

Riot also addresses some questions about how Valorant's matchmaking works in unranked play and whether or not players can expect to see more guns added to the hero shooter's arsenal any time soon (not in "the short term," apparently). Players should expect to see a new round of questions answered "every other week" in Ask Valorant moving forward.

Valorant's first big patch after its official launch introduced a number of small balance changes and bug fixes, as well as some targeted performance improvements for mid-to-high end PCs. Riot's patch notes said the latter fixes may also benefit the sorts of very low-spec builds that Valorant's intended to run on.

With its official debut, Valorant added another map, a new game mode, and a new Agent character named Reyna. If you haven't played it yet or still aren't quite sure what to make of Riot's new title just yet, be sure to read News Editor Eric Van Allen's feature and interview with Valorant's Game Director Joe Ziegler from earlier this year.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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