Riot Games’ free-to-play shooter Valorant is out now

Is this the start of something big?

Valorant, Riot Games’ answer to the popular competitive first-person shooter genre is available right now! The free-to-play title can be downloaded directly from its website. Check out the launch trailers below!

Exclusively available only on the PC at the moment, Valorant is gunning for a coveted spot among genre giants like CS:GO, Overwatch, and Rainbow Six Siege. So, there’s enough work cut out for Riot Games. But if there’s one thing the studio has proven, it’s that they understand how to keep a multiplayer game alive and make it great while doing so. This is only the start of a massive plan to branch out from Riot Games by creating various new games across a multitude of genres.

VALORANT is your global competitive stage. It’s a 5v5 tac-shooter matchup to plant or defuse the Spike in a one-life-per-round, first to 13 series. More than guns and bullets, you’ll choose an Agent armed with adaptive, swift, and lethal abilities that create opportunities to let your gunplay shine.Creativity is your greatest weapon.

Agents and their signature abilities are how you win with skill and style. Adapt and outplay in the role of either a Duelist, Initiator, Controller, or Sentinel.

Haven. Bind. Split. Ascent. Each a stage for a multitude of savvy plays, agent clutches, and team strategies.

There’s no reason to undersell just how influential the developer’s MOBA League of Legends is. But that’s also why expectations for Valorant are probably much higher than if it was another developer at the helm. If the closed beta from earlier this year is anything to go by, Riot Games ought to have a hit in their hands. It all depends on how the game develops.

On that front, players can look forward to an ever-growing list of hero characters and tweaks to the game’s balance. And of course plenty of in-game customization.