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Valorant’s first cinematic trailer is here alongside the game’s launch

Phoenix and Jett face off

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Valorant’s launch day is here and Riot has released the game’s first ever cinematic trailer to mark the occasion.

The trailer, called Duelists, shows off some of the personality of Valorant’s different Agents and gives players a look at their personalities beyond the in-game interactions. Apparently, Phoenix is on a mission to stop Jett from planting some kind of device — though it isn’t really clear what it is or what it does. All that matters is that Jett and Phoenix have to go toe to toe.

Both characters get to show off plenty of their abilities, including Phoenix using all of his various fire powers to stop Jett from escaping. Jett uses her dashes and jumps to get away, and even uses her Ultimate to throw a few knives Phoenix’s way and slow him down. The trailer ends with a climactic face-off between the two, we’ll keep from spoiling.

Jett dashes past Phoenix in Valorant’s first trailer Image: Riot Games

Valorant isn’t the first game Riot has made animated shorts for. The company also releases occasional videos for League of Legends which are usually high quality and often some of the community’s favorite content from any given year. This new Valorant short is part of the story of Episode 1: Ignition story line, but it’s unclear when the next cinematic will be released.

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