Valorant is going mobile with Riot Games' tactical shooter heading to iOS and Android. Here is everything you need to know.
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, 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 in the near future, Valorant will be available to anyone on an iOS and Android device. But what shape will it take, and what, if any, departure will it take from the formula that has made Valorant the global success it has been? We have brought together everything known so far about Valorant Mobile in an attempt to answer those very questions.
Valorant Mobile - Release Date
There is currently no fixed release date for Valorant Mobile though it is clear that development on the title has reached an advanced stage thanks to gameplay leaks that reportedly came out of China (more on those later).
The very existence of Valorant Mobile is a fact, though, with Valorant Executive Producer Anna Donlon having this to say when the title was officially unveiled back in the summer of 2021:
To see our growing player community recognize and appreciate what we’re trying to do with Valorant is beyond what we could’ve expected and we’re thrilled to soon offer the same competitive Valorant experience to even more global players.
Anna Donlon, Valorant Executive Producer
Considering what we saw in those gameplay leaks, it is possible we could see a more far-reaching global open beta period at the end of 2022 with a full launch in Q1 of 2023.
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 buy system present in Valorant proper.
Check out this video from Youtuber, ExxotikGaming, for a pretty comprehensive look at the mobile game.
Interestingly, there appears to be very little aim assist present in the game, which poses questions about controller and even keyboard and mouse support.
When Will Valorant Mobile Get An Open Beta?
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.
When exactly that is coming is not yet clear. Back in February of this year, noted leaker ValorLeaks discovered a page on the official Valorant website that allowed you to invite players to a beta that was scheduled only to start in the "future." That page was subsequently deleted.
VALORANT Mobile | #VALORANT— ValorLeaks | Valorant Leaks & Info (@ValorLeaks) February 10, 2022
> VALORANT Mobile will be getting a beta in the *future*. At the moment, it seems it will be using an invite system for players to invite friends to gain access to the beta. pic.twitter.com/1xBNzxKWHi
More recently, Riot Games deal with Microsoft's Game Pass service renewed hopes that Valorant Mobile will release in Q4 2022. As keen-eyed observers noted that Valorant was mentioned as being available on the service for "PC + Mobile" in winter of this year.
While nothing is certain yet, it is highly likely that Valorant Mobile will get some sort of global beta test at some point later in 2022.
Valorant Mobile - Esports
Will Valorant Mobile get esports events? Without a doubt. Riot Games lives and breathes esports, and Wild Rift is a testament to the fact that being a mobile title doesn't disqualify it.
Expect tournaments to kick off promptly after its global release, and within a year or two, a Valorant Mobile World Championship is highly likely with all the regions represented. That isn't at all confirmed, but it is simply the Riot way, so if you want to compete, get in early and start practicing because it is coming.
Valorant Mobile - 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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