Predictions for Valorant

Riot Games has released information about Valorant, previously known as Project A.

Valorant will be a new competitive stage for esport athletes to shine from. A 5v5 character-based tactical shooter where creativity is your greatest weapon. If you aren’t excited yet, you should be. We may very well be witnessing, in real time the birth of what could be the most popular FPS title in the history of gaming.

No easy feat

Claiming the title of ‘most popular FPS in the world’ will be no easy feat. Valorant must surpass legacy titles such as Rainbow Six Siege, Call of Duty, Overwatch, and CS:GO. The following is what I believe you should expect from Valorant in 2020 and beyond.

Valorant is set to launch in the summer of 2020, a date for a proposed beta version has yet to be announced. Developed by arguably the best development team in the world Riot Games, developers of League of Legends and its subsequent global esport leagues and tournaments.

As a free to play title, all gamers worldwide will have access to the game regardless of income level. Free to play is a tried and true method of gaining and retaining a large player base.

Two great examples of this principle in action can be seen with both Fortnite and League of Legends, two of today’s largest esports worldwide. An example of a title crushed by its inability to go Free to play was the original battle royale H1Z1. If you don’t know what that is, that’s kind of my point…

Global accessibility

What else hurts PC based titles succeed? Being too taxing on the computers they are run off of. Games that can only be run on modern gaming systems immediately lessen their overall potential reach. Which is why I have argued that mobile esports will one day not just be main stream but massively popular.

Many more people globally have the ability to pick up a phone with enough computing power to play mobile titles over the amount of the population that has access to modern gaming rigs.

Riot Games of course thought of this as well ahead of time, as they tend to do. Valorant players can expect to enjoy crisp 128-tick servers, at least 30 FPS on even decade old laptops. Modern systems should expect 60 to 144 FPS and if you’re in a major city, expect under a 35 ping. In gamer talk, this is going to be FPS heaven.

(Minimum computer components to run Valorant: Intel Core i3-370M CPU with an Intel HD 3000 integrated GPU)

I believe Riot Games is about to do the genre of first person shooters (FPS) what Fortnite did to battle royale. Valorant will be the most popular FPS title and esport globally by the end of 2021.

More information about Valorant:

In-game economy like CS:GO

Agents with unique abilities

Weapons for every playstyle

New Anti -Cheat to combat hackers

New maps will be added post launch

New agents will be added post launch

There will be a battle pass