Project A revealed as Valorant, Riot Games’ 5v5 shooter

By Sherif Saed
2 March 2020 09:15 GMT

Valorant is Riot Games’ first multiplayer shooter.

Valorant, the next game from League of Legends maker Riot Games, has been officially unveiled. Valorant, previously known by its codename, Project A, is a 5v5 character-based tactical shooter due out in the summer.

Much of what was in last week’s Valorant leak was accurate, but the game’s official website thankfully has a few more details.

Riot’s opening salvo pitches Valorant as a precise, lethal shooter with 128Hz tickrate servers, capable of running at up to 144fps. Riot wants to attack lag and other problems online shooters face by aiming for 35ms of ping for players in major cities.

It plans to do this through a wide spread of datacentres, and a unique netcode with strong anti-cheat tech.

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“Shooting in Valorant is precise, consequential, and highly-lethal – we want you to win on your skill and strategy alone,” says Riot.

Each character in Valorant has access to unique abilities, alongside traditional weapons that you buy a la Counter-Strike. That combo seems bizarre, but it makes a bit more sense when you see it in action. The footage above was captured from a recent alpha test.

Though specifics weren’t revealed, Riot did confirm that a Valorant closed beta is coming. You can sign up at the link above for a chance to access it early.

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