Back in October, Riot Games announced they’re actively working on a brand-new FPS game with massive esports aspirations. Unsurprisingly, the announcement echoed throughout the esports sphere, with many fans desperately craving for a new IP in the industry.
Riot Games made the initial announcement during its 10-year anniversary stream in October. More precisely, Riot announced Project A, a brand-new character-based tactical shooter. At the time, we didn’t know much about the game other than its genre.
However, a few days ago, Riot Games came forth with a bunch of new information, including the game’s real name, character information, ability information, and a bit more info regarding its main gameplay mechanics.
Of course, we at TheSportsGeek aren’t that big on video games! Sure, we love to game every now and then, but we’re much more into online sports betting. Still, Valorant intrigued us. How come? Well, not only does it have massive potential in the gaming sphere but a whole lot of it in the esports betting world too.
From the looks of things, betting on Valorant could become as big as CS:GO and League of Legends, and we all know what a massive betting ecosystem both games possess. With that said, it’s going to be interesting to see how Valorant develops and will it be able to live up to Riot Games’ high standards.
What is Valorant AKA Project A?
First things first – Valorant is an FPS (first-person shooter) game. It’s not set in the League of Legends universe, and it’s nowhere near the likes of legends of Runeterra or Teamfight Tactics in terms of gameplay and atmosphere. From the looks of things, Valorant is set on Earth and will feature small, narrow maps, similar to those in CS:GO.
In terms of gameplay, we’re looking at a round-based system here, with twenty-five total rounds. The team that wins thirteen wins the match. Furthermore, Valorant is a tactical first-person shooter with short TTK (time to kill) mechanics. In other words, this means a well-placed headshot with a rifle will result in an instant kill.
Obviously, short TTK means Valorant is going to be vastly different than a long TTK game like Overwatch. The map layout and gameplay speed, however, bring Valorant closer to CS:GO, thanks to bomb defusal maps with layouts, bomb sites and choke points, all similar to that of Valve’s FPS masterpiece.
However, Valorant will have a lot more diversity when it comes to the map pool. Thus far, we’ve seen maps with not two but three bomb sites, which will add a different taste to the gameplay. On top of that, we’ve also seen a map that has no middle portion, instead featuring two one-way portals that make a loud sound every time someone uses them. These are all great ideas and perfectly suit Valorant’s distant future atmosphere.
How Does Valorant Stack Against CS:GO and Overwatch
Weapons and abilities will be purchasable before the start of each round, but your inventory will carry over to the next round if you survive. Additionally, Valorant will have several different classes aka characters aka agents, each featuring unique abilities that’ll affect the gameplay and create (or limit) players opportunities to engage their opponents.
While this might seem a lot like Overwatch, agents’ abilities won’t have nearly as much impact on the gameplay as heroes in Overwatch. Combine that with short TTK gameplay, and you’ll realize Valorant is more similar to Rainbow Six Siege and CS:GO than Overwatch. But, then again, from the gameplay we’ve seen thus far, the game’s speed seems to be leaning more towards CS:GO than Rainbow Six Siege, meaning we can expect fast-paced character-based action unlike any other.
First Look At Valorant’s Characters and Their Abilities
As mentioned earlier, Valorant will feature several different characters dubbed as “agents”. Each will have four unique abilities, one they get for free each round, two they have to buy, and one ultimate ability they earn by getting kills. And that could be the thing that separates Valorant from other similar first-person shooters and pushes it to great heights in the esports sphere. If Riot Games executes everything correctly, that is!
With that in mind, here’s a closer look at eight Valorant agents we know of at the moment: