For months, even well into the game’s closed beta, VALORANT’s release date has been shrouded in mystery – until now.
The only guiding clue the community had to base its release date predictions around was the word “Summer”. Of course, the season is a huge timeframe and pinpointing a release date within a large span like that is going to be a shot in the dark most of the time. With that being said, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to guess that VALORANT would most likely officially launch at the back end of summer – say, late August.
However, the game has been officially pegged for a June 2 release – just 12 days away.
And while this massive shift in timing might seem hasty on the surface, it’s completely fair to say that pushing up in the release date for VALORANT is one of the strongest moves the game can make in the early stages of its lifespan.
For the past 6 weeks, VALORANT has completely dominated the news cycle as it’s quickly risen to the top of the gaming world. And now, with the game at the forefront of everyone’s mind, it makes total sense for Riot Games to strike while the iron is hot. With the game nearly pushing two months in closed beta, it was only a matter of time until VALORANT expanded into a full-fledged game.
For Riot, keeping a game behind closed doors only works as a marketing strategy for so long. Even today, there’s still a small percentage of people who are interested in playing VALORANT but don’t have access to the beta. On June 2, that changes drastically, and the community as a whole is going to expand, making the game far more accessible for players and far more lucrative for Riot.
When that date approaches however, it’s going to be imperative that VALORANT takes major steps towards becoming a title that can compete in the airspace currently owned by other massive games. Titles like Overwatch and CS:GO are huge players, and with VALORANT taking the next leap forward towards becoming a serious competitor, it’s going to be a major point of interest for the game if whether or not Riot can last in this sphere.
Namely, VALORANT is going to have to focus on major areas like polishing bugs, working on core mechanics like gunplay and ability usage, and adding new features like character skins and new maps at or around launch. However, with a June 2 release on the horizon, it’s quite clear that Riot is confident in the product – perhaps sweeping changes could be set to be packed in with the game’s launch just 12 days from today.
While there are still kinks to be worked out, there’s still time to play with in the closed beta. By the time the beginning of summer rolls around, it’s totally reasonable to assume that VALORANT will be ready to go.
As it currently stands, Riot Games is in a fantastic position when it comes to VALORANT. The game has been nothing but successful in its early stages, and an official release feels more like a rite of passage than a game-changing moment. With how many waves the game has already made in the FPS spheres already, it’s safe to say that VALORANT is poised for major success. With just a few more implementations over the course of the next two weeks, the game will be set to officially shake the tactical shooter genre to its core.
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