2nd June 2020 – 2am
Here we are! Valorant enters version 1.0, the official launch version. No more beta, serious things begin! This patch corresponds to the opening of games servers to the public. It brings of course a lot of bug fixes. But that doesn't mean that there's nothing interesting to discover in these Patch Notes for those who had already played beta, far from it!
Key points to remember from this Patch 1.0:
The release of Valorant marks the arrival of many things! Of course, there's Reyna, a new Agent from Mexico. There's also the new map, Ascent, that we've been waiting for since the beta started. The nouveau mode de jeu, Spike Rush, commence également à se préciser. Chacun de ces trois éléments aura droit à un article détaillé très prochainement.
There are also new skins, new gunbuddies, improvements of the game interface and menus, and a lot of great details.
As announced a few weeks ago, Omen have had deep changes. Paraonia is now equipped before launched, which makes it more proactive than reactive. The mechanics to launch Dark Veil have been reviewed. Omen now sees through walls (but not the other Agents), which should allow him to place his smoke bombs more easily. Shrouded Step and From The Shadows also get some changes to make them easier to use. From The Shadows can even be cancelled while in use.
L’omniprésence de Sage a été un problème tout au long de la bêta. Riot Games a décidé de lui faire subir une nouvelle batterie de nerfs afin de la rendre moins efficace, à défaut de la rendre moins indispensable. L’Orbe de Soin est disponible moins souvent (45 secondes de récupération au lieu de 35). Le mur de l’Orbe de Barrière est plus fragile (800 PV au lieu de 1000) et dure moins longtemps (30 secondes au lieu de 40 secondes).
Despite a fairly high initial popularity, Jett has started to show some weaknesses, especially when it comes to teamplay. By increasing the duration of her Cloudburst (7 seconds instead of 4), she should now bring a little more utility overall. In addition, she is now able to break the Trap Wires of Cypher.
Phoenix gradually joined Viper at the bottom of tier lists. His solo qualities are undeniable, but Valorant being a team game, he has trouble finding his fans on the competitive scene. He receives a few small buffs on the effect duration of Blaze (8 seconds instead of 6) and Curveball (1.1 seconds instead of 0.8). Damage and health points given from Blaze and Hot Hands have also been reajusted, much like the area of effect abilities in patch 0.50.
The main corridor leading to site B of Split has been restructured. Demolishers knocked down one of the walls, creating a small terrace, a greater access and above all more visibility for Attackers.
Until now, players get an Ultimate point each time they died, whatever the reason. This is no longer possible and only direct eliminations from opponents will give you a point. You will not have an Ultimate point when the Spike explodes or when you suicide anymore.
Certains coéquipiers allaient jusqu’à s’entre-tuer pour empêcher les adversaires de gagner des points d’ultime et des crédits tout en engrangeant des points de leur côté. Ce n’est plus possible.
Riot Games announced it from the start, cheaters and problematic players will not be tolerated on Valorant. The ban system, hitherto manual, has become automatic. It's also possible to report other players with unacceptable or non-fairplay behaviours. Unpleasant players will be forced to log out of the game for a few minutes and may be subject to chat restrictions for up to 72 hours.
We remind you that Valorant is a team game and that's in your best interest to get along with your teammates, whatever the circumstances. It's our responsibility as a community.
The last weeks of beta highlighted several issues that were becoming very bothersome. Especially hit registrations which caused confusion in fights when a player experienced lag. Both of these problems have largely been corrected, but Riot warned that everything is not perfect yet. You might then still see a player crouching while they're really standing, and vice versa. The problem will be fixed in a hotfix shortly.
Of course, this patch 1.0 brings dozen of bug fixes of all kinds, improving performance or interface (goodbye Viper's rocket-boost). We also discover animations at the selection of Agents and other pretty cool surprises.
You can view full Patch Notes on the official Valorant website.