Initially Teased for Release This Summer, Riot Games’ Smash Valorant Is Coming June 2

Christmas—or at least summer, which doesn’t technically start until June 20—is about to come early for fans of VALORANT.

For most of 2020, Riot Games has promised that its new and much-hyped first-person shooter game would be released in the summer. Now the developer has moved things up to June 2 for the official launch.

The closed beta phase of VALORANT comes to an end on May 28, which means a resetting of player accounts for those who’ve been lucky enough to spend the last few weeks with the game.

When a full patch update is released just before the launch, everything from skins to rankings to character unlocks will go back to zero, ensuring everyone is on an equal footing.

In announcing the release, VALORANT executive producer Anna Donlon said: “Our goal has always been to bring VALORANT to as much of the world as soon as possible, so we’re hyped to be able to do so on June 2. The team looks forward to starting our decades-long commitment to servicing the global VALORANT community. This is just the beginning of our journey together.”

The game will be a free download, and only available to PC users. New highlights will include a new game mode, map, and agent.

VALORANT was an instant smash when it debuted on Twitch in closed beta, setting streaming viewership records.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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