Where is Yoru inspired from?
On 27th July, ParmCheesy, narrative editor at Riot Games, revealed on the Valorant Lore // Art Discord server where Yoru was inspired from!
It's always interesting to know the inspirations of the Valorant teams on the creation of the Agents. Now, we know more about Yoru's! Indeed, Cynprel shared on Twitter a screenshot of a message from Joe "ParmCheesy" Killeen explaining why Yoru is the way he is today.
He says that many of the staff in the development teams are fans of Japanese animation and that it was only a matter of time before an Agent was adapted to this style. It turned out that Yoru was a perfect match for that universe. ParmCheesy adds that the Japanese Agent is inspired by characters such as Jotaro Kujo in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Kazuma Kiryu in Yakuza games and Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bepop. Add to this the Japanese street style, a rebellious side and you get the duelist of Valorant.
However, while creating Yoru must have pleased the Riot teams, the Agent is far from convincing players, especially the professionals. The Japanese Agent was chosen only 2.78% of the time in the EMEA Phase 2 of the VCT, and 1.35% of the time in the North American phase.
In an attempt to please the community and to better integrate into team compositions, Yoru has regularly received buffs as in the patch 2.03 and the patch 2.06, but without results. As a proof, he was only picked 1.80% of the time during the VCT Phase 3 in Europe... so it will take some work before Yoru gains significantly in popularity.