Riot teases in-game replay and gifting system for Valorant

Nigel Zalamea
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Riot Games has confirmed that it will be launching two sought-after features in Valorant soon. In its third Ask Valorant thread, the developer provided insight into the tactical first-person shooter’s development process, as well as what sort of systems will take effect in the future.

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The most notable snippet was on the possibility of an in-game replay system. This would allow players to view and examine past games, which suits Valorant’s emphasis on game analytics. 

Steven Eldredge, Valorant’s Senior Producer, agreed that it’s a feature the company is interested in exploring: “Whether it’s to study previous matches for tactical advantages or to create spicy memes, we know that players will find a wide range of interesting uses for a system like this.”

Riot also teased that a gifting system would be made available eventually. This means that players will be able to gift each other content, to celebrate victories or any other exciting occasion that calls for it. 

Miles ‘Riot Usury’ Metzger, Valorant’s Revenue Strategist, was decidedly earnest in his response: “Yes, gifting will be coming to VALORANT (soon

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)!” He further notes that the team “was aiming to enable gifting by the end of 2020, but timelines may shift as we get closer to the date.”

Another response hinted at the total number of Radiant-tier players. As the highest tier of the game, this gives a sense of who the best players are. And, since Valorant employs a hidden matchmaking ranking (MMR) system, this information acts as the game’s official leaderboard.

“We’ve designed Radiant to represent the most elite players, with anywhere from 20 to 150 players having earned the rank per region, depending on player population size,” Ian Fielding, Valorant’s Senior Producer revealed.

In addition, he reminded that earning said rank is intended to be a challenge: “You also have to remain as an active player to stay in Radiant; if you haven’t played in 14 days, you will have to re-earn it.”

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