VALORANT Next Month

An announcement on the VALORANT Website reveals that Riot now plans to officially launch VALORANT on June 2nd, offering everyone full access to their new competitive multiplayer shooter. They admit this raises the question of "are we ready?" Discussing what they've learned during ongoing closed beta testing they break down their answer into sections like 'is the game ready?' and 'are the servers ready?'. They also address a couple of questions that have made some news: the readiness of their tools to deal with griefers and their anti-cheat technology. For better or for worse, that last topic may be foremost on many gamers' minds, since the game's intrusive anti-cheat system has made a bunch of headlines. They say they are not guaranteeing the game will be cheat-free, but they do express confidence in the measures they are taking to combat cheaters. Here's a bit:
We know that wars aren’t won overnight—especially when we’ve taken a very public stance against cheaters who want to win at all costs. But it’s also why we have a proprietary anti-cheat detection platform and dedicated team of engineers who will improve things over time.

We haven’t been perfect out the gate, but owning our own technology is what lets us be fast and communicative in our development—when you were concerned about Vanguard being on all the time, we put in a feature so you could disable it until needed. When we blocked vulnerable drivers that cheaters were using to smuggle their software in, we also ended up blocking drivers that were helping you monitor the temperature of your computer, so we went back to the drawing board.

At the end of the day, we hope these iterations can be taken as examples of our ongoing conversation: we care about maintaining the integrity of your games, but understand that it’s about the journey and the destination.

Now the real question: has Vanguard been effective at tracking and deterring cheaters? Well… yes to the first, and not yet to the second. With VALORANT being the grand unveiling of Vanguard, we’ve gotten a lot of inputs that help us understand what cheats - and forms of cheating - we can effectively deter with the platform. But during closed beta we’ve held off on deploying the second half of our tech, our auto-banning systems, because we needed this time to understand what to action on, especially when it comes to hardware bans. This will be different at launch.

Up to now, while we’ve been able to track and understand the inputs by which we identify cheaters, many of our ban waves have been manually reviewed and implemented by our anti-cheat team (and they’ve still managed to ban thousands so far). Come launch, we will be more aggressive, widespread, and automated in our ability to detect and ban cheaters.

As a final reminder: as with any game, our guarantee isn’t that VALORANT will be cheat free, it’s that our commitment to anti-cheat doesn’t end when you forget about it. This is just the beginning, so let’s keep this conversation going.
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May 22, 2020, 16:51
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Cutter wrote on May 21, 2020, 23:46:
All look the same. All play the same. All have the same moneymaking schemes. All are one word titles - Apex, Overwatch, Valorant, Crucible, et al.

Imagine thinking these games play the same...
If we translate them to their inspirations:
"All play the same. Fortnite, TF2, CS, Paragon"

You've got:
a Battle Royale,
a class based fast played 6v6 FPS,
a slow played 5v5, economy-based with rounds, team tactics FPS,
and a 3rd person shooter MOBA

Oh but they all have 1 word names though
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May 22, 2020, 14:08
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May 22, 2020, 14:08
 Cutter
 
ForgedReality wrote on May 22, 2020, 01:57:
Cutter wrote on May 21, 2020, 23:46:
jdreyer wrote on May 21, 2020, 21:13:
ForgedReality wrote on May 21, 2020, 19:53:
I've never wanted to not ever play a game more in my life.

Looks so fucking generic and boring and playing that follower game by making everything cartoony. WHYYYYY!? Stop it. Just stop.

What makes this game stand out? No thanks.

Crucible: "Hold my beer."

All look the same. All play the same. All have the same moneymaking schemes. All are one word titles - Apex, Overwatch, Valorant, Crucible, et al.

That's pretty effing sad.


At least we still have CDPR. They're about to blow it out of the park again.

Yeah but they make action-CRPGs.
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May 22, 2020, 06:33
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jdreyer wrote on May 21, 2020, 21:23:
Hold up there, Tom. While Tencent owns Riot 100%, Riot is still an American company that must adhere to American laws.

US law privacy law has more loop holes than US tax law. They can legally get cash for your private data, they just don't call it that and do it in a way that "the law" allows.
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May 22, 2020, 01:57
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May 22, 2020, 01:57
 
Cutter wrote on May 21, 2020, 23:46:
jdreyer wrote on May 21, 2020, 21:13:
ForgedReality wrote on May 21, 2020, 19:53:
I've never wanted to not ever play a game more in my life.

Looks so fucking generic and boring and playing that follower game by making everything cartoony. WHYYYYY!? Stop it. Just stop.

What makes this game stand out? No thanks.

Crucible: "Hold my beer."

All look the same. All play the same. All have the same moneymaking schemes. All are one word titles - Apex, Overwatch, Valorant, Crucible, et al.

That's pretty effing sad.


At least we still have CDPR. They're about to blow it out of the park again.
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Re: VALORANT Next Month
May 21, 2020, 23:46
Cutter
 
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Re: VALORANT Next Month May 21, 2020, 23:46
May 21, 2020, 23:46
 Cutter
 
jdreyer wrote on May 21, 2020, 21:13:
ForgedReality wrote on May 21, 2020, 19:53:
I've never wanted to not ever play a game more in my life.

Looks so fucking generic and boring and playing that follower game by making everything cartoony. WHYYYYY!? Stop it. Just stop.

What makes this game stand out? No thanks.

Crucible: "Hold my beer."

All look the same. All play the same. All have the same moneymaking schemes. All are one word titles - Apex, Overwatch, Valorant, Crucible, et al.

That's pretty effing sad.

"Well, he’s not a villain Summer, but he shouldn’t be your hero. He’s more like a demon, or a super fucked up god." - Morty Smith
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May 21, 2020, 21:23
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Clancy wrote on May 21, 2020, 20:42:
Screw this game.

It is a "free" game that installs ring 0 drivers on your system, so they can spy on what you are running, and report back. Tencent owns these guys as well, so there is no accountability at all, Tencent MUST do whatever China wants.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dOCtaBObg4

Hold up there, Tom. While Tencent owns Riot 100%, Riot is still an American company that must adhere to American laws.
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May 21, 2020, 21:13
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ForgedReality wrote on May 21, 2020, 19:53:
I've never wanted to not ever play a game more in my life.

Looks so fucking generic and boring and playing that follower game by making everything cartoony. WHYYYYY!? Stop it. Just stop.

What makes this game stand out? No thanks.

Crucible: "Hold my beer."
"The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Isaac Asimov
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May 21, 2020, 20:45
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May 21, 2020, 20:45
 
It's true the sound effects maps and weapons are bland. Even after hours I have trouble distinguishing between the weapons since they are all the same shade black, likely to shame people into getting weapons skins but that's a whole other topic.

That being said it really feels good to get a kill, and abilities in cs really does add to the fun. Been playing cs on and off since 2000 and after bouncing off cs go because it was the same game I played years ago valorant feels like a breath of fresh air. I don't understand the claims of it being generic when literally no one has tried to change up the cs formula besides maybe changing the setting like that ww2 game that I cant even remember because it just played like a bad cs.
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Re: VALORANT Next Month May 21, 2020, 20:42
May 21, 2020, 20:42
 
Screw this game.

It is a "free" game that installs ring 0 drivers on your system, so they can spy on what you are running, and report back. Tencent owns these guys as well, so there is no accountability at all, Tencent MUST do whatever China wants.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dOCtaBObg4
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May 21, 2020, 19:53
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May 21, 2020, 19:53
 
I've never wanted to not ever play a game more in my life.

Looks so fucking generic and boring and playing that follower game by making everything cartoony. WHYYYYY!? Stop it. Just stop.

What makes this game stand out? No thanks.
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May 21, 2020, 19:46
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May 21, 2020, 19:46
 
The LEAST tantalizing weapons I've ever used in a FPS. I get more satisfaction from squeezing a Ketchup bottle.

Bland levels, generic Fortnite-like characters, abysmal sound effects, lazy animations, invasive anti-cheat, and generally clumsy gameplay.

Maybe Riot will figure it out. But I think this premature release has everything to do with their competition raking in the cash with everyone sheltering home from COVID. But now with some restrictions being lifted, the gamer peak is only going to dwindle from here (until 2nd wave of infections?). Today's opportunity to make money is too great for Riot to pass up.

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