Leaked footage from Valorant Mobile has hit the web, giving us our first look at the tactical shooter in action. Best of all, it’s also impressive.
Even though developer Riot Games announced its plans for Valorant Mobile last summer, there has been little information on the status of the port since then. So this Chinese game test leak is our first good look at how the hero shooter works on mobile and what features the team has carried over from the PC version.
In a video from YouTuber Pritykin, you can see how the game is taking shape – that is, pretty well. In the video below, you can see a player using Agent Phoenix and get a good look at how Valorant works, how its graphics compare to the PC version, and how the UI has been adapted for it. adapt to a smaller mobile screen:
The biggest immediate change is that the match appears to be best-of-13, instead of best-of-25 on PC. This would indicate that Valorant on mobile offers shorter game sessions. However, keep in mind that this is a first playtest, many aspects of the game, such as the user interface, will be subject to change.
Impressive… now comfort
Riot is in shape to create great mobile versions of its games – the team set the bar high with League of Legends: Wild Rift. And this leak is an indication that the team aims to replicate that quality for Valorant Mobile.
Valorant presents a particular challenge, as tactical shooters rely so heavily on mouse and keyboard for precision aiming, which is very difficult to achieve on phones. The upshot is that it seems like there’s more time to kill on Valorant Mobile than on PC, which could lead to a different playstyle. It looks absolutely stunning, though, and it seems to be working properly, which is perhaps the most important thing to see in these early tests.
If Valorant on mobile proves to be a successful port, hopefully the company will move to console, where first-person shooters are a much easier translation.
Riot Games has remained coy about the prospect of bringing the game to console so far. A job offer in February (via ValorLeaks) suggests that a console version is on the table, however, no official announcement or indication of its arrival has been made.
Valorant’s viewership is massive, with the game regularly attracting over 130,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch, and it’s the third most-watched game of the last year on the platform (according to Sullygnome). However, it could grow even more if it could enter the living rooms of more players. Here’s hoping we’ll see that happen in the not-too-distant future.