Riot's Tactical Shooter Valorant Has Been Revealed Alongside Gameplay Footage

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For its first competitive shooter, League of Legends developer Riot is pulling from some of the biggest games in the genre. Today, the developer officially unveiled Valorant on Twitter, which was previously known as Project A. Riot released a three-minute-long gameplay preview along with an official Twitter handle.

Based on this teaser it seems Valorant is a mix of few games such as Counter-Strike, Overwatch, and others. The creators describe it as a five-versus-five game “where creativity is your greatest weapon.”

“Imagine this: tactical shooter meets hypernatural powers,” the official site explains. “Everyone’s got guns and a unique set of abilities, so how do you beat someone with the speed of wind? Use your own moves to outplay them and beat them to the shot. Valorant is a game for bold strategists who dare to make the unexpected play because if it wins, it works.”

Valorant is expected to launch this summer, likely in a beta form on PC.

The best part of Valorant is that it’s going to be free to play and it can run on old computers as well. A number of pro players from other games are also speculated to leave their particular game and move on to Valorant.

Riot has also released the minimum specifications to play Valorant at 30 FPS:

• Processor: Intel i3-370M

• Graphics card: Intel HD 3000.

Matches will take roughly 30 minutes, but can obviously go for longer if you're stuck in a particularly tense shootout or back-and-forth power struggle. On the official Valorant website, Riot Games has been quick to emphasize the title's technical performance, which will be critical if the developer wants to pull players away from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

"128-tick servers, at least 30 frames per second on most min-spec computers (even dating back a decade), 60 to 144 FPS on modern gaming rigs, a global spread of data centers aimed at <35ms for players in major cities around the world, a netcode we've been obsessing over for years, and a commitment to anti-cheat from day one," the site promises.

So, what are your thoughts on Valorant? Do you think the game is going to pop off as soon as it releases? Whatever your thoughts may be, let us know in the comments below.

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