Earlier this morning, Riot Games officially announced its brand new FPS title, Valorant. Formerly known as “Project A”, Valorant is set to release a beta this summer with the full version arriving later in 2020. The title will be free-to-play, just like League of Legends, and features a mixture of Overwatch and CSGO style gameplay. From the footage we’ve seen so far, the game looks extremely polished, though some might argue the art style looks like that of a mobile game. Nonetheless, Valorant could be the next great esport title, so fans are excited.
This excitement only grew with the gameplay that was released along with the reveal. We were able to see a few minutes of action along with other features, like the economy system and weapons. Let’s go over both of these elements that are arriving with Valorant.
Valorant takes a note from CSGO
Within the gameplay preview above, Riot shows off multiple aspects of Valorant. One of the things that caught most fan’s eyes, however, was the economy system within the game. Anyone who’s played or watched CSGO will recognize the layout instantly, as Valorant‘s version looks quite similar.
As with CSGO‘s economy system, Valorant features a buy menu that players can access after every round of a match. Like in CSGO, you earn money after every round and your money from previous rounds carries over to the next one. Here’s a breakdown of the earn rates in Valorant‘s economy system:
- $3,000 for a round win
- $200 for each kill you earn
- $1,900 to $2,900 for every round you’ve lost in a row (depends on how many)
So, essentially, if you’re winning rounds and earning kills, you can purchase pretty much anything. However, unlike in Overwatch and CSGO, players can buy their character’s abilities within the buy menu. In other titles, this ability would just charge up over time. This makes it so you’re rewarded more for performing well.
The weapons of Valorant
Of course, the main attraction in the buy menu is the weapons. So far, we’ve seen 17 weapons that are available to purchase within the buy menu. Below, you can see a screenshot of the weapons and menu.
As with any other multiplayer shooter, there are different classes of weapons. We have pistols, assault rifles, light machine guns, sniper rifles, shotguns, and submachine guns. There seems to be a fair balance with the weapon categories, with no one class containing too many options.
Since this is Alpha footage though, it’s very possible that Riot could add more weapons to Valorant by the time the beta releases.
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