Valorant was one of the most popular tactical shooter games of all time, quickly gaining popularity after its release in June 2020. The game is now a popular title for shooter enthusiasts as well as a major esports competitive title. Now developer Riot Games has suggested that Valorant could soon come to the mobile platform.
The developer announced this earlier this month for the game’s one-year anniversary. However, Valorant Mobile will be very different from battle royale games on cell phones such as PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile or Fortnite. For those of you new to the game, here’s what Valorant is all about and how it differs from titles like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile.
Valorant: What is the game about?
Valorant is a tactical shooting game in which games between ten players are divided into two teams of five players each. In its basic form, the game is similar to the classic shooting game Counter-Strike, in which one team is tasked with bombing a location (the bomb location) while another team has to prevent the first team from reaching its goal.
In addition to planting or spreading the bomb, any team can also win the round by killing all members of the opposing team. Players also start with simple weapons and have an in-match economy system where kills at the end of each round earn them temporary currency that they can spend on more powerful weapons and tactical gear.
If that premise seems too similar to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, it’s because it is. The cards in the game were also designed by CS: GO card designer Salvatore Garozzo. However, here’s what sets Valorant apart from Counter-Strike or pretty much any other title.
Valorants “agents” and their skills
Instead of controlling a SWAT / SEAL team or a team of terrorists like in Counter-Strike, Valorant players control beings called agents. Each player can choose his agent before the start of the game and must play with him / her. Different agents in the game have different powers and abilities. These can be either offensive, defensive, or tactical skills that are unique to each agent.
Players must use a combination of their shooting skills as well as super power-like skills to defeat the opposing team in order to complete the task at hand and win. The playable agents include offensive “duels” such as Jett, Phoenix, Reyna, Raze and Yoru. Then there are Sage, Cypher and Killjoy, the “Sentinels” who specialize in defensive tactics like locking off a specific area of the pitch and protecting teammates.
In the meantime, “initiators” are offensive pushers who deal with breaking through defensive enemy positions. This class includes agents Skye, Sova, and Breach. Finally, ‘Controllers’ specialize in setting up their team for success by controlling the lines of sight on the map. This class of drugs includes Viper, Brimstone, Omen and Astra.
In the game’s standard unranked mode, both teams face each other in a game of 25 rounds, with the first team to win 13 rounds winning the game. However, there are a number of other game modes like Spike Rush, Deathmatch, Escalation and more where the rules are slightly different.
How the game differs from PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile and other Battle Royale titles
Valorant is not a battle royale game. It’s a team tactical shooter. Instead of being discarded on an island to deal with their own weapons, players appear on opposite ends of a map once per round and begin the game with a simple weapon.
Progress is made by completing the team’s objectives or killing all players on the opposing team each round. In contrast to the Battle Royale mode of PUBG or Call of Duty Mobile, there is no large island or constantly shrinking game zone.
The team that wins over the multiple rounds wins the game. If you get killed in one round, the game doesn’t end for you and you still spawn in the next round, unlike battle royale games where the game is either over once you’re killed or the player has to his / her watch teammates for the remainder of the game.