League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced the closed beta for its tactical shooter Valorant will launch on April 7. The initial beta will begin in the US, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Turkey, with other regions possibly rolling out later. Riot says that the launch in other territories will be pending developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
To register for the beta, you’ll just have to create a Riot account through the official site, then link it to your Twitch account. Once the beta starts, you can watch highlighted Twitch streams of the game for a chance to get admitted into the beta yourself.
Valorant is a 5v5 character-based shooter with a look similar to Overwatch and Counter-Strike. It’s planning a PC-only release sometime this summer, though it may reevaluate plans based on beta feedback. Riot notes that your progress from the closed beta won’t carry over, but if you spend any “Valorant Points” during the beta period you’ll get them all back plus 20% to spend on the full game.
Valorant is one of a few games Riot has announced recently as it expands its scope outside the successful MOBA League of Legends. Another, a free-to-play card game set in the LoL universe called Legends of Runeterra, has also recently released in open beta on PC.
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