Is Valorant coming to mobile?

Is Riot Games bringing their new competitive FPS to mobile devices?


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Valorant is Riot Games’ upcoming first-person competitive shooter, which is in closed beta now. Riot is the developer for League of Legends, and they’re breaking away from the MOBA scene to try their hand with the FPS genre. Valorant releases sometime in summer 2020, but we don’t have an exact date for it yet. But when that happens, can we expect it to come to mobile devices as well?

Valorant is an intense FPS game, similar to CS:GO, where two teams of five players fight it out in the best-of-24-round matches. The characters in the game feature a wide variety of abilities, augmenting their role in a fight, and each team has an income economy determining what they can and cannot purchase for each round. It would be challenging to transfer a faithful form to mobile devices to keep it as intense and competitive as if it were on a console or PC.

At this time, Valorant is only set to release to PC, at least for now. We don’t have any precise details if the company plans to convert the game’s playstyle and setting to Android or iPhone devices. With Valorant being a newly announced game, it’s understandable Riot is taking its time to bring it to every platform out there, if it plans to expand it at all.

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The future remains fluid, though, and players can expect to see more of Riot Games’ titles on mobile, such as Legends of Runeterra and Teamfight Tactics. How well these titles are received on the mobile market may dictate if Valorant could come to mobile, but that would, in truth, be a complicated process. However, we may learn more about it as additional hints start to veer towards Valorant being a mobile title.

YouTuber iFireMonkey discovered that there are mobile icons in the game files detailing how Valorant could be making its way to Android or iPhone devices. “Icons relating to the game having Mobile support are in the game files,” iFireMonkey wrote.

However, this does not solidify that the game could be making its way over it. Riot Games have the possibility, but it doesn’t mean they plan to act on it anytime soon. Potentially, it could be limited use for those who have access to switching their laptop to a tablet mode, or those with a larger tablet available.

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For now, it remains a PC-only release. We’ll likely learn more details in the future when Riot Games officially releases the game to the market. We expect more information as the game gains popularity, the competitive scene gains traction, and Riot Games receive community feedback about the initial release and gameplay mechanics.