After more than a month of closed beta testing, Riot Games’ new free-to-play tactical shooter, Valorant, will be released June 2, the company announced Thursday. On that date, people “across the majority of regions worldwide” will be able to download the game for free from its website, Riot said in a news release.
Valorant’s closed beta will end five days earlier, on May 28. The entire game will then go offline for maintenance as Riot prepares for launch. While many people have had the chance to play the game during the closed beta, all progress for every player will be reset when the game is actually released.
Along with the release date announcement, executive producer Anna Donlon and game director Joe Ziegler shared some of Riot’s post-launch plans for Valorant. Among them are a new game mode, a new character, and a new map. All of these elements are set to be released “shortly after” the June 2 launch, Riot said.
“The team looks forward to starting our decades-long commitment to servicing the global Valorant community,” said Donlon. “This is just the beginning of our journey together.”
Along with the new content, Riot plans to add Valorant servers in cities around the world including Atlanta; Dallas; London; Madrid; and Warsaw, Poland, in order to give more players access to lower-latency matches.
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