We'll be going over all the details we know so far about Riot Games' upcoming 5v5 FPS shooter, Valorant Mobile.
When Valorant first launched back in 2020 as a Windows PC exclusive with its explicit focus on accurate gunplay and competition meant few could have predicted its future as a mobile title
But that is exactly what is happening right now. It's been known for a while now that the tactical shooter was coming to mobile devices, and it is now in the early testing stages with leaks showing a working version that some gamers in China have already got their hands on.
The game is destined for a worldwide market, and at some point shortly, Valorant will be available to anyone across all mobile devices. But what would the game look like on mobile? We have brought together everything known so far about Valorant Mobile to answer your burning questions.
Valorant Mobile - Release Date
There is currently no release date for Valorant Mobile. Riot revealed earlier this year that the game's development was going slower than expected.
It is rumored that Riot will be replacing Tencent Games as the lead developer of Valorant Mobile. This means that Riot will be scrapping all previous development work done by Tencent and will be developing Valorant Mobile from scratch. Unfortunately, this will push back the release date indefinitely.
Despite this, we know that the game is in an advanced stage thanks to gameplay leaks that reportedly came out of China.
Valorant Mobile Leaks
Several gameplay videos and screenshots have leaked, reportedly from a closed Chinese beta test, showing the agent select screen and the Ascent and Bind maps. It looks like a faithful 1:1 remake of the mainline game with 5v5 round-based combat with all the agents and purchase system present in Valorant PC.
Besides this, a reputable leaker revealed that Valorant Mobile will have both cross-play and cross-progression. Cross-play means that you'll be able to play matches with players on different consoles. Cross-progression makes it so that your in-game progress and items on Valorant PC will be available on your account in Valorant Mobile.
Valorant Mobile - Beta Tests
The chances of Valorant Mobile getting an open beta is high. League of Legends: Wild Rift, the mobile version of Riot's MOBA, also got the treatment, and it is standard for most major mobile games for there to be a beta period followed by a global launch.
However, there is still a big question mark about when a beta will be released. Leaks have revealed that a beta could be coming soon as critical beta files were discovered in a recent test build.
This beta may be relevant to a prototype version of Valorant Mobile that Anna Donlon, the development team lead for Valorant, stated in a recent interview exists. However, she went on to state that its quality wasn't up to Riot's standard so they're holding it from an official release until they're satisfied with its progress.
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Valorant Mobile - Will It Have Controller Support?
Whether Valorant gets controller support or not isn't yet clear but does pose an interesting design choice. Controllers usually necessitate the need for aim assist, and without that, players would struggle to compete.
A console version of Valorant is also expected in the future, so, Valorant working with a controller is being worked on, but whether it finds its way into the mobile version is one of the many unanswered questions we have when it comes to how you bring a tactical shooter to a medium that isn't well served for precise aim.
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