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Riot Games Reveals Valorant, a Tactical Hero Shooter

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Riot Games has officially revealed Valorant, formerly Project A, the latest in a long line of forthcoming games set in the League of Legends universe. Valorant is a first-person tactical shooter with hero elements, leading many early lookers to liken it to Overwatch meets Counter-Strike.

The game's website has launched just hours after its name leaked online, and a new gameplay trailer has arrived as well to give you a taste of what to expect. The video comes from an unscripted internal playtest at Riot and features alpha footage from the game, says Riot at the beginning of the video.

It was last fall when Valorant was revealed as Project A, along with nearly 10 other games all set in the League of Legends universe. We've yet to see many of those other projects unveiled, though some did come with more details at the time of the original announcement. Other projects include a collectible card game named Legends of Runeterra, a fighting game without an announced name, and League of Legends: Wild Rift, which brings one of the world's most popular games to console and mobile for the first time ever.

There's also Project F, which looked a lot like Diablo in the brief snippet we saw in October of 2019. Riot is even building a sports management sim called League of Legends Esports Manager where players control a team of esports competitors on their march to championship glory. The game is meant to include some real-life competitive players from the League of Legends esports scene.

Perhaps no other project teased by Riot thus far has the potential staying power of Valorant, though. As a hybrid of two of the most beloved and competitive games on PC, if done well, it is hard to see Valorant not blowing up to be one of the next big things in games.

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