Riot Games officially released their tactical shooter, VALORANT, to the world on June 2nd, 2020. Since then, the studio tried its best to stay in communication with the title’s ever-growing playerbase. Representatives of the studio every now and then give the community glimpses of what is to come in VALORANT’s future, like VALORANT executive Anna “SuperCakes” Donlon revealing an improved spectator mode.
The studio released their first iteration of Ask VALORANT to answer a few of the repetitive questions coming their way the past few weeks. These included addressing the obvious skill gap between players in unranked games, and even why the battle pass gives out Radianite instead of VALORANT points. More importantly, Riot Games commented on their plans on potentially expanding the current weapons arsenal available at the players’ disposal.
“There are no immediate short term plans to add new guns. We've had the current 17 guns in the game for some time now (internally) and feel that the balance is in a good spot as of today. We'll learn a lot more about the gun balance through the many players playing our game, so I'm sure we'll discover potential gaps in the arsenal we could fill in the coming months. Adding a new gun isn't totally out of the question, but it's also not something we're planning for the short term,” clarified producer Preeti Khanolkar.
Another widely requested feature from the VALORANT community is a surrender option to finish games more quickly when it is a clear blowout or one side is suffering from connection issues. These situations feel incredibly annoying to go through as you have to sit through a clearly one-sided game to be able to queue up again. Riot Games revealed a surrender option is indeed coming to VALORANT’s upcoming patch 1.02. It is a feature the studio’s League of Legends game has for years and even widely known for.
“Yes! An option for early surrender will be introduced with patch 1.02. Please see our 1.02 patch notes for more info around how the system will work,” revealed senior producer Ian Fielding.
What other features do you want to see Riot Games’ development team work on to improve VALORANT’s overall experience? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!
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