It’s 2021 and Valorant is still growing rapidly. Soon, there’ll be a Valorant Mobile for phones.
With an extremely famous competitive scene in the form of the Valorant Champions Tour, and a growing roster of agents and maps, there is still lots of room for expansion.
The developer claims that the PC version of Valorant, launched last year, currently averages 14 million players monthly.
Additionally, Valorant is coming off of its biggest competitive tournament thus far, with a happening in Iceland, and Riot says that over 1 million concurrent viewers tuned in to the finals on May 31.
Riot Announces the Mobile Extension
As a special surprise for Valorant’s one-year anniversary, Riot announced Wednesday that a brand-new version of its tactical first-person shooter is coming to mobile platforms.
“One of our top goals this first year was to earn the trust and respect of the global FPS community, and to prove to them that Valorant will always uphold the fundamentals of a truly worthwhile competitive tac-shooter,” writes Anna Donlon, Valorant’s Executive Producer.
“To see our growing player community recognize and appreciate what we’re trying to do with Valorant is beyond what we could’ve expected and we’re thrilled to soon offer the same competitive Valorant experience to even more global players.”
When is Valorant Mobile Coming Out?
The most important thing for the team, in step with Donlon, was ensuring that they weren’t delivering a compromised version of Valorant for mobile players. The concept is for the game to not just be Valorant’s PC version to phones but a unique-to-mobile experience.
“We didn’t start out with ‘We’re making Valorant on mobile,’ we started out with ‘Can we make Valorant on mobile?’ with a lot of skepticism,” Donlon said. “For us, whatever you get out of playing on PC, you should get out of playing Valorant on mobile. But we have to recognize that the mobile player need is different.”
Unfortunately, beyond confirming it’s coming, Riot hasn’t announced a release date for the mobile version yet.
However, the developers shared this interesting tidbit, “Throughout the month of June, the Valorant community will receive commemorative digital swag, including a redeemable player card and a free event pass, to mark the occasion.”
So, be ready with your favorite keyboard and mouse, and get ready for some action!
Riot’s Future Plans
It also looks like Riot is looking to create out Valorant in other ways. Without getting into too much detail, apart from disclosing the mobile version, the developer says that it’s “preparing to expand the franchise so as to bring Valorant to more players round the world.”
Again, this might be following the League of Legends playbook, which has expanded into everything from comic books to digital card games to an upcoming animated series on Netflix.
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