New Riot Shooter, Valorant Announced: Screenshots, Release Window, PC Specs

Riot Games has officially revealed the title of its tactical shooter formerly known as Project A. Valorant is a 5v5, free-to-play shooter from the developers of League of Legends that is set launch in summer 2020.
Valorant features a cast of characters known as agents who are from real-world cultures and locations, meaning it’s not tied to the lore of its League of Legends series. Set in a near-future Earth, characters will come from a wide range of locations and cultures. Each agent has a set of unique abilities, though the core gameplay is focused on tactical, team-based shooting.

Riot Games FPS – Valorant

Riot Games executive producer Anna Donlon says that the shooter will “uphold the fundamental values of a competitive tactical shooter: precise shooting, lethal gunplay, and strategic execution.” Some examples Riot gives is how “a player with steady aim and a pistol will always beat an unsteady sniper.” Time-to-kill is also low, meaning headshots are usually instant kills and rifle kills take 3-4 bullets. Recoil is said to be punishing.

Two teams will work together and lock in as an agent for the entire duration of a round-based, attackers vs. defenders match. The team who wins a best-of-24-rounds match wins the game.Riot says it has high-end performance in mind for Valorant and as such implemented dedicated 128-tick servers for global players, a custom-built netcode for precise hit registration, and proprietary anti-cheat prevention and detection.

Valorant PC Specs

Recommended Specs – 60fps

  • CPU: Intel i3-4150
  • GPU: Geforce GT730

High-end Specs – 144+fps

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
  • GPU: GTX 1050 Ti

Minimum Specs – 30fps

  • CPU: Intel i3-370M
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000

PC Hardware recommendations:

  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB VRAM

Valorant is the latest game from Riot, which spent the previous decade focusing primarily on a single game, the MOBA League of Legends. At its 10th anniversary, Riot announced a variety of new projects including the League of Legends card game Legends of Runeterra, a fighting game called Project L, and a mysterious social game called Project F.

For everything Riot has in the pipeline, including a new animated TV series, check out IGN’s recap of Riot’s 10th-anniversary livestream.

Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.

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