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Valorant is Riot Games' Counter-Strike clone, new gameplay video released

"Tactical shooter meets hypernatural powers"

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Raymond Bakker
Monday 2 March 2020 - 09:51 GMT
Valorant is Riot Games' Counter-Strike clone, new gameplay video released
Monday 2 March 2020 - 09:51 GMT
by
Raymond Bakker


Riot Games has released a new gameplay video of its Counter-Strike clone Valorant. The game is scheduled to release later this year.


The game is described by the development studio as a "5 versus 5 character-based tactical shooter". The gameplay released, however, shows clear resemblances to that of Valve's competitive shooter game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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The twist to gameplay is what Riot calls "tactical shooter meets hypernatural powers". The character you select provides additional power-ups and abilities to beat players without necessarily having to focus on precise aiming and skill, similarly to Apex Legends.

The inclusion of character abilities in the shooter genre is what the studio considers gameplay for "bold strategists who dare to make the unexpected play, because if it wins, it works."

The game will run on 128-tick multiplayer servers and supports up to 144 FPS on modern hardware. The team aims to keep ping to these servers below 35 ms for players in major cities.

Valorant is scheduled to release this summer and will be free to play. A console release was not announced.
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Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia. He covers the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality and has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.
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