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Project A unveiled as Valorant, will launch this summer

Riot Games has lifted the lid on its new tactical shooter

A Valorant screenshot showing competitive gameplay

If you’re big on first-person shooters, you’ve probably heard the name Project A bounded about in the last couple of months. Well, Riot Games’ free-to-play tactical shooter that’s a bit like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive crossed with Rainbow Six Siege, and Overwatch, is coming out this summer and it’s called Valorant.

Valorant is a 5v5 tactical shooter according to the game’s latest press release which will pit two teams together in a best of 24 rounds gunfight. Like Rainbow Six Siege, players will have to pick an agent from a “diverse cast”, who all have special abilities that complement specific play styles. The abilities are also designed to “create tactical opportunities” for players.

When it was first announced during the League of Legends 10th anniversary stream, Anna Donlan, the executive producer said the team were going to “go to war” on peeker’s advantage and cheating, and it looks like the company has committed to that promise. The game will launch with a custom-built netcode to help with hit registration and a new anti-cheat system to counter well-known problems in FPS games. All games will also be played on 128-tick servers, something CS:GO fans have been requesting for years.

“Throughout Valorant’s development, we wanted to uphold the fundamental values of a competitive tactical shooter: precise shooting, lethal gunplay, and strategic execution,” Donlon says in the press release.

“By adding unique character abilities that complement the game’s gunplay we believe we’re expanding upon the traditional tac shooter experience and bringing something new to the genre – and we hope the launch of Valorant will be the start of a long-term relationship with tactical FPS fans from around the world.”

According to a screenshot posted by Rod Breslau, the lead designer Trevor Romleski says weapons will have recoil, although only some ADS abilities. Bullets can penetrate walls in Valorant, and character abilities can ricochet off walls, floors, ceilings, and objects.

Eight agents will be available on launch from a number of countries around the world. They are Sage, Cypher, Brimstone, Jett, Phoenix, Viper, Sova, and Omen, according to leaks.

The game also features an economy and buy menu similar to CS:GO’s, although it’s unclear how this works just yet.

The game has already been dubbed the “CS:GO killer” and even though Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer said it is the best game he’s played since Valve’s iconic shooter, it’ll have a tough job trying to beat the game’s recent player count.