Valorant, the famous first-person shooter game from Riot Games, has recently announced a mobile version will be available soon. However, Riot Games have failed to give details on what the game will entail or if it delivers the same product fans have enjoyed on PC.
For those unfamiliar with Valorant, it’s a free-to-play strategic FPS (first-person shooter) available to play on the PC. Its game plan could be explained as a combination of CS: GO and Overwatch because of the components of each game it combines. Its shooting style is similar to CS: GO, whilst changing playable characters with unique abilities resemble Overwatch.
In the past, most games released on PC had transitioned into Xbox and PlayStation titles before a mobile version was released, but Riot Games stuck with their mainstream PC title and are bouncing straight to mobile. We can only assume this reflects on the success of Fortnite, Call of Duty and PUBG – competing with these popular games may affect Valorant’s success, but keeping the title on PC gives people no choice but to pick up their keyboard to embark on Valorant adventures.
Valorant’s success is undeniable, with 14 million PC gamers logging into the game each month. It’s rise to fame in the FPS world, and currently, Valorant has a little more than half the players on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the worlds most popular first-person shooter.
These impressive numbers by Riot Games should easily convert when the mobile version is released. There are 4.88 billion mobile phone users compared to a 2015 survey that estimated 1.33 billion PC users. Those gamers without a PC can jump straight into Valorant action, and a massive section of the gaming market that Valorant is missing out on will be picked up.
“One of our top goals this first year was to earn the trust and respect of the global FPS community and to prove to them that Valorant will always uphold the fundamentals of a truly worthwhile competitive tac-shooter,” said Anna Donlon, the executive producer for Valorant.
“To see our growing player community, recognize and appreciate what we’re trying to do with Valorant is beyond what we could’ve expected, and we’re thrilled to offer the same competitive Valorant experience soon to even more global players.”
Currently, a release date has yet to be announced for Valorant on mobile. But with the massive success of mobile shooters like PUGB Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile and Garena Free Fire Mobile, we are not surprised that Riot Games have opted for a mobile version.
In addition, it won’t be Riot Games first rodeo in the mobile games market. Riot’s mobile game catalogue includes Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra and League of Legends: Wild Rift. However, we are interested to see how Riot will deliver the fiddly controls of Valorant for mobile or if the development team will include controller support.
In other news, console enthusiasts have reason to celebrate. Riot plans to create a console version of Valorant, but the team is focusing on the mobile version before heading over to PlayStation and Xbox.