Riot Games Clears Out Rumors, Confirms That VALORANT Is Coming To Mobile Platform

Developer Riot Games announced during VALORANT's first year anniversary on Wednesday that the tactical first-person shooter is indeed coming to mobile. It turns out that the initial rumors and leaks were true.

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VALORANT was launched a year ago as a free-to-play first-person tactical shooter that is presently only accessible on PC. The game is sometimes referred to as 'CS: GO meets Overwatch,' since it incorporates the core gameplay concepts of both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch-style characters with unique abilities. Because the game largely focuses on quick reactions and precision targeting, it rewards great mechanical abilities.

VALORANT gained a lot of traction in the PC online gaming scene. However, due to the intricate controls, there are still uncertainties about how it will operate on mobile phones.

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Anna Donlon, VALORANT's executive producer, confirmed the game's PC-to-mobile transition in an interview with Polygon during the game's first-year anniversary last June 02, 2021. According to her, the most crucial issue for the team was to avoid offering a shortened version of VALORANT to mobile gamers. The goal is for the game to become more than a mobile port of VALORANT's PC version, and provide a rather distinct mobile experience.

Aliana Miller, Riot Games Global Influencer Programs Lead, also mentioned this in a tweet to finally shun leaks and rumors about the game’s mobile port.


Donlon stated that the transition to mobile began with a set of questions about what was important to VALORANT and if it could be done on a phone. Riot will abandon the project if any of the elements on the checklist could not be completed. In addition, she further emphasized that the mobile version will have no impact on the PC version, and that there are no plans for cross-play between the two platforms.

“We didn’t start out with ‘We’re making Valorant on mobile,’ we started out with ‘Can we make Valorant on mobile?’ with a lot of skepticism. For us, whatever you get out of playing on PC, you should get out of playing Valorant on mobile. But we have to recognize that the mobile player need is different. The same way that we’re not going to deliver a subpar mobile experience for mobile players, we’re not going to compromise the PC experience either. We’re not trying to convert Valorant PC players into Valorant Mobile players or vice versa. We’re absolutely just as committed to keeping the PC experience at the quality level it is or higher, and we’re not going to compromise it in order to address the mobile market.”

-Anna Donlon, VALORANT Executive Producer


Riot Games has also indicated that VALORANT would be developed for consoles. However, Riot's staff is looking at it, and it will likely take a backseat to mobile because it appears to be a better match for the game. Donlon said that the the transition to mobile has been slightly easier for the team and added that a tactical shooter game on console is not easy. "It’s not easy to have that level of competitive integrity on a platform where the controller is fighting you for that. And we just didn’t want it. So we found it took to mobile quicker and it took to mobile easier," she said.

While the announcement doesn’t include many details about the game, speculations have been going around on how VALORANT would look like on mobile. Twitter user BluewolfCodm recreated the game's UI, posting a basic mock-up of Valorant mobile, complete with well-considered locations of the mini-map, agent skills, and how mobile players would leap and crouch in a portable platform.

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Valorant mobile is still in the early phases of development. When it comes to when players will be able to play Valorant Mobile, Donlon anticipates a decent build in two years. "One of our top goals this first year was to earn the trust and respect of the global FPS community, and to prove to them that Valorant will always uphold the fundamentals of a truly worthwhile competitive tac-shooter. To see our growing player community recognise and appreciate what we're trying to do with Valorant is beyond what we could've expected and we're thrilled to soon offer the same competitive Valorant experience to even more global players," she said.
 

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