Valorant players have a lot to look forward to in 2023, including a new Team Deathmatch mode, replay system, and the launch of Premier.
Episode 6 has only just begun, but there’s still plenty of exciting Valorant content on the way. In a recent Dev Diaries episode, Executive Producer Anna Donlon and Game Director Andy Ho spoke about what we can expect.
Valorant Team Deathmatch Mode
“I’m really excited about our take on Team Deathmatch” revealed Donlon.
Team Deathmatch (TDM) is a staple of FPS gaming. Simply get more kills than the other team to win.
It will be interesting to see how Riot adapts the mode to fit with Valorant gameplay. For example, certain abilities or weapons may need to be nerfed or removed to stop everyone picking identical setups.
We don’t know when TDM will arrive, but it will be available at some point this year. This follows the launch of Swift Play, a faster-paced version of the standard plant/defuse game mode.
Replay System in Valorant
Having heard feedback from the Dev Diaries video, Donlon took to Twitter to share a few more things currently in development.
“Things like replays and new server locations and mode updates and <insert the thing you really care about here”, she posted.
A replay system has been one of the most heavily requested Valorant features since day one. VOD reviewing is very important in esports, allowing teams to identify mistakes, plan new strategies, and research how upcoming opponents play.
It sounds like replays are probably still a little way out, but it’s good to know that they’re in the works!
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Premier is a new in-game client designed to give everyone the opportunity to experience Valorant in a similar way to the VCT pros.
Players can form a team and compete across a season of pre-scheduled matches, against people of a similar skill level. Each short season concludes with a end-of-season tournament where top teams will fight to be crowned Division Champion.
After a successful beta in Brazil last year, the Premier global beta and full global launch are both scheduled to go live in 2023.
Other things to look out for include new methods of mitigating toxic behavior and of course, more new Episodes, Acts, Agents, maps, skins and Battle Passes.
They also commented briefly on their progress toward bringing Valorant to other platforms. Donlon admitted, “it’s going slower than we’d hoped”, but stressed that the focus is on getting it done right.