Riot’s Valorant shooter gets into beta on 7 April 2020. Fans will get a chance to play Riot’s Overwatch-meets-Counter-Strike game Valorant very soon: today, the developer announced the launch of a closed beta on April 7th. It’s not clear exactly how big the beta will be or how long it will run, but Riot says prospective players will need to connect up their Riot and Twitch accounts in order to qualify. “When closed beta activates in your area, watch different Valorant streams highlighted on Twitch for entitlement to closed beta access,” explains the developer. (Full info on the Official Site.)
The beta isn’t going to be completely worldwide, at least not at launch. Instead, players in Canada, Australia, Russia, Turkey, and the United States will be eligible for this. The small number of regions were due to the current pandemic, according to the Valorant executive producer Anna Donlon. “Our goal was to introduce the Valorant closed beta as soon as possible to as many players around the world, but the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted those plans, threatening a broader global rollout,” she said in a statement. “We need to concentrate for now on the regions where we are most confident, with more regions following in coming months.
Valorant was first announced last October under the codename “Project A.” This is Riot’s first title outside the League of Legends universe, and it’s a competitive 5v5 game that aims to mix CS: GO’s tactical shooter gameplay with Overwatch’s superpowers and colorful characters. Sometime this summer, the entire game is expected to launch on the PC.