The game looks to combine elements of CS:GO, Overwatch, and Rainbow Six Siege.

12:55, 02 Mar 2020

Riot Games finally gave us some meat to the bone of its upcoming free-to-play FPS VALORANT. It's a 5v5 tactical shooter, that looks to be the love child of the most popular shooters currently on the market. Judging by the three-minute-long gameplay trailer, the game aims to combine CS:GO-like gunplay, economy, and objectives with Overwatch-like abilities and utilities such as drones that remind us of Rainbow Six Siege. 

The trailer reveals 17 different weapons of six types, eight unique agents with three abilities, and an ultimate each aiming to complete the familiar objective of a bomb-defusal scenario. This time, though, on three bomb spots, we got a much better idea what this game will be about. 

On top of the alpha footage, Riot Games put out a short trailer on the games twitter account, revealing the launch date to be some time this summer. Furthermore, we got a small bite of character to show what the story of VALORANT could eventually develop into. As gunfire opens up on agent “Jett”, she dashes over a channel in what appears to be Venice, getting away from presumably another agent who remarks “Oh, that’s how you wanna play it?”

During League of Legends’ 10-year anniversary in October of last year, Riot Games had announced its first try at an FPS game, under the codename “Project A”. Last week, it was revealed that Riot Games had trademarked the name VALORANT. 

Multiple streaming personalities and esports professionals had previously been invited to playtest Valorant and had spoken highly of the game. According to esports journalist Rod “Slasher” Breslau, more personalities from other FPS scenes have been invited to play at the Riot Games headquarters in Los Angeles from March 10th to 12th.

Image via Riot Games.

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