Riot Games has just announced the Valorant (opens in new tab) release date: June 2, just a few days after the closed beta ends on May 28. The game will launch for free worldwide. The announcement was made via a YouTube video from executive producer Anna Donlon and game director Joe Ziegler, which you can watch here (opens in new tab).
“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,” says Donlon in an official press release. “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.”
"We've been wanting to get you this game to help brighten these tough times," Zielger says in the YouTube video. "But as it turns out, we're not going to be launching this game in a few months." "Because we're launching it in a few weeks!"
Donlon chimes in.
Valorant will also include new game content, a new game mode, an 11th agent, and a new map at launch. Riot is also adding new game server deployments to drop the latency for Valorant players across the globe in cities including Atlanta, Dallas, London, Madrid, and Warsaw.
It's great to see that Riot Games is able to launch Valorant so soon after the start of its closed beta despite the complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we previously reported (opens in new tab), Valorant broke Twitch's viewing record with 1.7 million concurrent viewers when the beta launched on April 7, and the hype has remained nearly that high since.
There's not much time - you'll want to brush up on the Valorant characters list (opens in new tab).