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Riot reverts a tiny Valorant change after fans complain

One of Valorant’s best noises is back

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A player in Valorant getting shot in the head but sparks fly out instead of blood Image: Riot games via Polygon
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Valorant is still in closed beta, and that means all kinds of things may change in the game. Riot is still updating characters’ looks and designs, art is still changing, and all kinds of new additions are showing up with every update. In this week’s patch, one of those changes was a new headshot noise ... and people absolutely hated it. But after listening to half a day of fans grumbling, Riot is changing it back to the old sound.

Within a few hours of this week’s patch going live, players had already noticed the sound change and started complaining. Among these complaints was a Reddit post that made it near the top of the Valorant subreddit, where the community voiced its collective displeasure with the new sound.

While a small minority on the site said that they didn’t like the original sound, or found it hard to hear, a much larger group just wanted their old headshot sound back. In fact, one player even went so far as to say that the satisfying noise of the old headshots was one of their favorite design choices in the game.

With all this feedback swirling, Riot announced on the official Valorant Twitter account that it would be reverting the headshot sound change in an update; it went live on Thursday morning. The change to the headshot noise wasn’t noted in the original Valorant patch notes, so it’s not clear why Riot made the change in the first place. Some Reddit users in the complaint thread mentioned that they didn’t often notice the old sound, which could be a potential reason.

Whatever the reasons were, it seems like more people missed the old sound than were complaining about it, which is why it’s now back in the game. As part of the hotfix that reverted the headshot sound, Riot also fixed a few outstanding bugs and exploits that resulted from Wednesday’s patch.

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