VALORANT Launches with New Map, Mode, and Agent

VALORANT has officially launched in North America, and Riot's new competitive first-person shooter is now available in most other territories as well. Word is: "VALORANT is your global competitive stage. It’s a 5v5 tac-shooter matchup to plant or defuse the Spike in a one-life-per-round, first to 13 series. More than guns and bullets, you’ll choose an Agent armed with adaptive, swift, and lethal abilities that create opportunities to let your gunplay shine." You can pick up this free-to-play game on the VALORANT Website. Here's the Official Launch Gameplay Trailer and here's the Official Launch Cinematic Trailer. The version 1.0 Patch Notes outline what's changed since the beta, including the launch of a new map called Ascent, a new agent named Reyna, and a new beta game mode called Spike Rush. Here's the intro:
If you’re reading this, it’s too late—VALORANT is launching.

What’s new? Reyna is the latest Agent to join VALORANT—straight from the heart of Mexico. Ascent, an open playground for small wars of position and attrition, enters the map pool. Spike Rush (beta) also arrives to deliver a fresh and more hectic flavor of VALORANT.

Sage, Omen, Phoenix, Raze and Jett all received a decent share of buffs and nerfs respectively to get them ready for launch. This patch also targeted the framerate drops some of you were getting during combat. The devil’s in the details, but know that getting performance where we want for all players is an ongoing process we hope to nail down in the next few patches.

Improvements to hit registration, and a rework of Split’s mid chokepoint joins the healthy list of fixes and updates below.

Good game, mad patch notes.