Currently, VALORANT is only available on personal computers, but many are wondering whether in the future Riot Games is going to increase the number of devices on which it will be possible to play the FPS. Representatives of the American studio took the floor in this matter.
Riot announced from the beginning that the premiere of VALORANT for the PC is planned for summer this year. Some time ago, we even received the assurance that the global health situation would not prevent it, which forced many employees to move from the office to their homes. Until now, the developers have not mentioned plans to adapt the game, e.g. to consoles or smartphones. Now, however, they spoke on this matter and it is possible that the production will also appear on devices other than computers.
“We are considering other platforms, such as consoles or mobile devices, but now the team is working hard to provide the best possible experience for PC players,” Joe Ziegler, Game Director for VALORANT, spoke about the plans for consoles and mobile devices.
In the case of FPS, however, one should not talk about whether it will go to other platforms, but rather when it happens. The mobile games market plays a very important role not only in the west, but also in Asia, where titles like PUBG Mobile are extremely popular.
Riot has already proved that mobile players are not unknown to them, as evidenced by the fact that Teamfight Tactics has recently hit smartphones and tablets, and work is currently underway on League of Legends: Wild Rift, the mobile version of the popular MOBA game.
What about consoles? VALORANT on PlayStation or Xbox could be a possibility, after all, in North America, where devices of this type are very popular, could be a massive market for the game. Blizzard’s Overwatch had considerable success bringing their game to consoles a few years back.
Currently, VALORANT is in the closed beta phase. The premiere of the game is planned for summer this year.
Has anyone expected this? G2 Esports before the great final of the League of Legends European Championship 2020 Spring was considered an underdog, while ultimately Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and the company absolutely destroyed Fnatic and triumphed in the LEC. This is the third win in the European finals in a row for this squad and the seventh for Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago’s team.
The final started better for G2 Esports, which not only opened the scoreboard but also won the first fight in the lower alley. Good play on the part of Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau allowed his squad to get two kills and win the Herald and gold for the first tower for Martin “Rekkles” Larsson. After several minutes, Fnatic had a financial advantage, but G2 was catching more and more opponents, until they finally won teamfight in the middle and defeated the first of the Mountain Dragons.
From that moment, defenders of the title had no problem maintaining control on the map and shortly after Baron’s appearance, they defeated him without problems. Fnatic was still trying to defend the first game, initiating the fight on the bottom, but this once again was lost, and opponents dozens of seconds later destroyed the blue Nexus.
In match two, first blood went to the King of First Blood for the second time, who successfully attacked the lower lane. In addition, G2 also managed to eliminate Bwipo a few minutes later, but Fnatic responded with a Herald and the first tower on top. The fight on the bottom lane, however, went according to the Samurai, who had five kills and two thousand gold advantage after a quarter of an hour.
The first major fight around the Air Dragon was also won by the title defenders, who only increased the difference in finances. Literally a minute after the appearance of Nashor, Jankos and the company grabbed the monster and won another teamfight. The game from this moment looked similar to the first clash, because G2 simply entered the rival base, eliminated opponents and took the second to last step to reach for the third LEC trophy in a row.
The third game began phenomenally for Martin “Wunder” Hansen, who twice eliminated the opposing toplaner. Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek tried to save his team at all costs and successfully attacked the bottom alley several times. The first major battle also went along the lines of Orange-Black, but the first tower went to the G2. Eliminating Rasmus “Caps” Winther allowed the Rekkles’ team to defeat the third dragon, which brought them a step away from the Fire Soul.
When Fnatic seemed to be controlling the game, the G2 scorer eliminated the opposing midlaner, then his formation killed the Fnatic’s support, so the scales of victory tipped over to the defenders of the title. Bwipo and company decided to hand over another Infernal and take Baron, but G2 managed to buy time for Caps, who helped his colleagues win the fight.
The next teamfight was again won by the Samurai who took Nashor and the middle inhibitor as well as three kills. The final skirmish at the top was also successful for G2 Esports, which a moment later destroyed the last Nexus in this LEC split.
This win secured G2 a sizeable prize of € 80,000 and a spot in the Mid-Season Invitational 2020, which future is still in limbo due to the global situation currently.
Yesterday, a short trailer on Fiddlesticks’ rework appeared on YouTube’s League of Legends channel, which could have suggested that Riot Games will soon officially present its skills. And in fact — exactly 24 hours after the trailer appeared on the network, the creators of LoL released another video, this time presenting Fiddle from a more specific perspective, i.e. as characters in the game.
Although today’s film lasts a little over a minute, it already partly reveals what we can expect from Ancient Fear — as Fiddlesticks will now be called — and to what extent the new range of abilities differs from what we have seen so far.
Answering this second question – it seems that not so much. It is true that the very beginning reveals the new possibilities of Fiddle, but the further into the forest, the less visible changes. Under the Q key, the skill will still be available to cause terror to enemies, under the sucking of the opponent’s life energy (now it will cover more than one opponent), under E, the silence will continue, and the final skill will have changed in the least, except for its visual update.
However, it is not that absolutely nothing has changed. The third ability will look completely different, because instead of releasing a ghost that will bounce off enemies, Fiddlesticks will strike with their weapon, while slowing down the opponents hit. You cannot pass by indifferently to the passive skills that have changed the most … and probably will no longer be “passive” anymore.
Instead of the usual bonuses to the movement speed, Fiddlesticks will be able to put scarecrows looking like himself, which will have the ability to discover invisible objects. In today’s video only the discovery of Warding Totems is shown, but it is possible that this skill hides — and in fact discovers — more.
The whole video presenting the possibilities of the new Fiddlesticks can be seen above.
Up to a point, we knew almost nothing about VALORANT, but the last weeks have already been a real flood of information about the upcoming tactical FPS from Riot Games. Which, according to many who have already had the opportunity to play, can become a serious competitor to CS:GO.
However, the upcoming production from the old, honest Counter-Strike is distinguished primarily by one thing — agents. As in Overwatch or Rainbow Six: Siege, they are to have their own individual skills, useful on the battlefield, and each of them is to be different in some respects. And how many heroes will Valorant have on launch, exactly?
“Of the ten agents available at the start, five will be fully unlocked and free for everyone,” Anna Donlon, executive producer of VALORANT explained in an interview with IGN. “Others will be able to be unlocked by players.”
What does this mean in practice?Well, it means that the other five heroes can be unlocked by playing and filling the levels of the battle pass.
The more impatient, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to get agents right away, though of course for a fee. The aforementioned pass is to have both regular and premium levels, although the developers ensure that players supporting real money will not have an advantage over those who do not want to use micropayments.
So far we’ve met eight out of ten heroes who will appear in VALORANT. A detailed discussion of their skills and visual presentation can be found at this address.
More and more countries are deciding to close mass events and limit the flow of population at airports due to the coronavirus epidemic that has been in existence for some time. It is no wonder then that the organizers of esports games also do not intend to keep players and fans in suspense and also take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of both mentioned groups and their employees. In view of the current global situation, Riot Games officially announced today that the Mid-Season Invitational has been moved from May to July, as well as the cancellation of all Rift Rivals tournaments.
An official note has appeared on LoL Esports today in which Riot Games esports director John Needham explained the reasons for the changes to the second-most-important esports tournament in the League of Legends calendar year.
“After talking to our leagues and other stakeholders, we’ve decided to transfer our annual Mid-Season Invitational from May to July this year. Moving the tournament to the summer gives you the best chance to wait out the travel restrictions, so teams from leagues around the world will be able to safely move and compete,” it said in a statement. “Location and other details will be shared as soon as possible. We need to remain flexible, considering how much the COVID-19 situation has affected international travel and live events for almost every type of sport and entertainment. However, we want MSI to remain a truly global experience.”
Due to the postponement of MSI 2020 to July this year, Riot decided to also modify the schedule of the summer round of the most important LoL leagues around the world. By the decision of the organizers of the games, all the most prestigious leagues in the world will start a few weeks earlier than usual, which means that MSI will most likely take place during the main phase of all games. Below are the new start dates for all leagues organized by Riot Games:
OPL – May 15
VCS – May 15
LCS – May 16
TCL – May 16
LCK – May 20
LEC – May 22
CBLOL – May 23
LPL – May 23
PCS – May 30
LJL – May 31
LCL – June 6
However, these are not the first preventive measures recently introduced by the League of Legends producer. Just a few days ago, the LEC spring finals were moved from Budapest to the studio located in Berlin, and LoL Champions Korea players after a long time competing in LoL Park without the participation of the public were sent to forced rest, as the Korean branch of Riot Games decided to stop the next matches and wait with the LCK continuation until the situation in the country is under control.
Today’s struggle in the League of Legends European Championship did not reveal the first participant in the playoffs, but there was still something to hang the eye on. Most Saturday meetings had more or less an influence on the situation on the table, especially to the top of the ladder. Of course, the most interesting is G2 Esports taking the leader’s chair on its own, but that’s not all that happened today.
Let’s start from the bottom of the list, because the first matches were played between teams from these regions. FC Schalke 04 turned out to be better in the direct fight for the eighth place, thanks to which the Royal Blues overtook SK Gaming for the first time this season. However, this does not have a major impact on the list of potential play-off participants, because both S04 and SK said goodbye to the rest of the chances to advance to the knockout stage yesterday.
The same applies to the last team in the table, Vitality, who today had to recognize the superiority of Excel Esports. For fans of those under the care of a British organization, this means an increase in the chances of breaking into the top six with a tape roll, especially after the failure of MAD Lions on Saturday.
The Lions didn’t have much chance in the clash with Rogue, so they had to say goodbye to the fifth place and at the moment they are on the verge of falling out of the bonus zone with promotion to play-offs. In turn, the team of Kacper “Inspired” Straw and Oskar “Vander” Bogdan advanced in the ranking to the fourth position, which in theory is shared with Misfits Gaming. In theory, because according to the first rule of tie-breaks, Rogue is higher in the ranking due to a better balance of direct matches.
As for the podium, its lowest grade is currently unfilled. In the second place, Origen and Fnatic, which not only have the same balance of wins, but also shared points in direct clashes. The leader’s chair belongs to G2 Esports, which can sit quite comfortably in it. Not only that, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and the company have an advantage over Fnatic and Origen, they have won all four clashes against these formations.
We will have to wait until next Friday for the next LEC 2020 Spring Split matches.