There’s still quite a while to go before Riot Games’ tactical first-person shooter, VALORANT, is released. But the developer released a gameplay review today in an effort to sate fans’ appetites.
It’s definitely a lot more CS:GO than Overwatch, whether it comes to gunplay, movement, or even abilities. Players can purchase different types of weapons to cover their weaknesses or augment their strengths.
The concept of the objective showcased in VALORANT is pretty much entirely CS:GO’s. Teams of five players clash with each other. One team plants the bomb, which is called the Spike in-game, while the other team races to defuse it.
While each agent has their own unique set of skills and abilities, they function more like consumable resources rather than Overwatch‘s abilities that are decidedly more MOBA-like with cooldowns and unlimited usage.
Each agent’s abilities serve different functions. CS:GO uses throwable items like grenades and Molotov cocktails to zone, but characters can use toxic green walls or floating wind bubbles to close off pathways in VALORANT.
Since their abilities are limited in stock and cost currency, players will need to pick and choose their battles instead of just freely using them. Players will be able to earn currency by completing objectives, such as eliminating opponents or planting and defusing the Spike.
It’s all available in the buy menu at a glance. Players can access all the purchasing options in just one screen, along with an information blurb that will help new players quickly identify what they need for any given situation. Different types of equipment are separated by columns and rows, while Shields provide protection like Kevlar in CS:GO.
For this current roster, at least, mobility options are nowhere like Overwatch‘s. Players exercise caution while moving around and the crouch and aim gunplay is a lot more reminiscent of CS:GO.
VALORANT will include dedicated 128-tick servers for all players on release. It’s an uncommon choice, even for FPS esports that benefit the most from it, and even more so for online servers. It’s going to ensure that the game is buttery-smooth, though, giving all players access to consistent and competitive gameplay.
With the first gameplay preview released on VALORANT‘s official YouTube channel, more content will likely be revealed by the devs before the game’s official release this summer.