Riot Games is exploring a Left Hand View mode for Valorant and is currently in the process of ironing out all the technical and artistic issues that comes with the viewing switch.
This was confirmed in the latest “Ask Valorant” blogpost, featuring comments from various members of the development team.
“We’re currently in the process of validating how this would work from not just a technical side but from a competitive and artistic front as well. While this may seem like a small technical challenge, we want to make sure this is done right for players,” shared Steven Eldredge, Senior Producer, Valorant.
Eldredge further explained that it’s about ensuring that having a left-hand option will not ruin the gameplay and its immersive experience.
“The first thing we want to consider is how we maintain the art fidelity of our awesome weapon skins, character models, and abilities. We don’t frequently get to see different camera views of our first person weapons and viewarms, so we’ll need to make sure our art still holds up when we switch hands for players. We’ll need to make sure that abilities still originate from the same place and that our hot fire still looks like… well… hot fire.
“The second aspect we need to consider is how this might impact the competitive integrity of the game. We want to ensure that there are no advantages or disadvantages to playing with a left handed view model and that we maintain a fair competitive playing field. We want to make sure that left hand view isn’t the new meta or that players with this preference aren’t nerfed,” he added.
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At the very least, Valorant players who are southpaws now know that they aren’t neglected. It will be a matter of time as Eldredge noted how this option is on the developers’ radar and it is now being tested extensively.
The only thing they need to contend with now is the fact there is no timeline yet on when left-hand viewing will officially be available.
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