As the developers hyped us up, the launch of VALORANT is way sooner than we have expected. On June 2nd, VALORANT will be available for everyone to play.
When there is a release date, often there are many questions appear. Riot explained some of these and we will share everything you need to know before it all starts.
When will the Closed Beta end?
Closed Beta will end on May 28th. There will be no more patches until it does since the released version will have some tweaks and updates.
What will happen to drops?
Closed Beta drops are ended as of today with the announcement below. Players who were eligible yet could not get into the Closed Beta will still get the Twitch/VALORANT player card in their inventories.
Can we still play the game after Closed Beta ends?
No. All queues will be closed at 9:00 AM PT FOR ALL REGIONS to prepare the game for the launch.
“Want to get your last game in? You can start it at 8:59 am PT. At 10:30 am PT, we’re taking the servers fully offline for a gentle scrubbing. “- Riot Games
What will happen to our purchases and progress?
All purchases and progress will be reset. However Riot will refund VALORANT Points with a +%20 bonus. This means if you had 1000 points, you will have 1200 at the game’s release. Good move Riot. VALORANT Store is currently offline and no other transaction will be available until June 2nd.
IS EVERYTHING READY?
RIOT VANGUARD – Anticheat System
Riot Games have an entire team working on Vanguard and publicly announced that they take this seriously. Matches can abruptly end with a red notice screen that a cheater is detected and Vanguard can actually disable some drivers that have loopholes for cheaters to keep things running. This caused some controversy among players and many were opposed to giving Vanguard this much power on local files. Riot gave it a thought and now with the latest update, we can disable Vanguard from the system tray until we need it back to run VALORANT.
Things are not really perfect according to Riot, yet since they actually own Vanguard means that any update on the system can commence quite fast.
“Up to now, while we’ve been able to track and understand the inputs by which we identify cheaters, many of our ban waves have been manually reviewed and implemented by our anti-cheat team (and they’ve still managed to ban thousands so far). Come launch, we will be more aggressive, widespread, and automated in our ability to detect and ban cheaters.”
The statement indicates that we will have an auto-ban system that will act way faster upon the launch of VALORANT. It is important to say that no game can guarantee that it will be a cheat-free environment yet Riot seems to do a good job on the current situation.
Riot admits that Closed Beta taught them a lot and they have already started to take action against disruptive behavior in-game. Upon the release of VALORANT, the following will be available:
- Clear community expectations for all VALORANT players
- Improved automation to handle reporting including:
- Automated chat analysis for blatant violations of our community code
- Automated analysis of reports and escalation of common offenders for punishment
- 72-hour team chat restrictions for behavior violations
- 72-hour team voice restrictions for behavior violations
There are still issues going on with the matchmaking system yet Riot is already working on new servers.
“On our current short-term roadmap is to get new game server deployments in Warsaw, Madrid, London, Atlanta, and Dallas. We’re also not satisfied with latency in Colombia, Argentina, and Eastern Europe—looking at options there.“
There will be no local servers on Vietnam and the Middle East for now yet players will be re-routed to SEA and EU servers respectively. However, in those regions, players may have latency issues.
THE GAME ITSELF
The beta has helped Riot to determine if anything is an exploit or a glitch and watch over an incredible amount of feedback through Reddit and Twitter. Players exceeded Riot’s expectation of imagination on how to use abilities and locations on the map. Therefore Riot now believes that they have enough confidence to react quickly to any kind of over utilizing.
An alternative game-mode is on the way after a few weeks of VALORANT launch. A team of designers and developers also working on various game modes. This year we will see new Agents, maps, and modes to go around with.
We are excited to see what is ahead of VALORANT upon its launch. Expect to see a lot of comments from SenpAI for the upcoming weeks. Let’s keep in touch!
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