Everything we know about the VALORANT beta

The beta will likely arrive before September.

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Riot Games’ tactical first-person shooter, VALORANT, could become available to the public much sooner than expected. 

VALORANT is Riot’s first-person tactical shooter that’s set on a near-future Earth. It will feature a combination of classic and futuristic weapons paired with hypernatural agents who each have specific abilities that they can use in different situations to gain a tactical advantage. 

The game has plenty of similarities to fellow shooter titles CS:GO and Overwatch. The style of VALORANT is relatively futuristic and cartoony with gameplay mechanics and gunplay reminiscent of CS:GO. It will feature an economy system that will be used to purchase weapons and abilities for the agents. 

VALORANT is set to release later this year, with some pros getting hands-on action before most players, according to esports journalist Rod “Slasher” Breslau. These players will shoot promotional content for the game and could promote an upcoming beta. 

There haven’t been any official details regarding a closed or public beta yet. But it’s possible that Riot will introduce a closed beta for select participants in the next few months with an open beta arriving shortly after. Since the game is set to release this summer, it’s safe to assume that if there are betas, they’ll arrive before September 2020. 

Considering VALORANT is shaping up to be one of the biggest games of the year, it’s likely that Riot will introduce multiple betas, similar to Activision’s route with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which was released last year. 

This article will be updated once more information regarding the beta is released.