Valorant Mobile was officially announced last year in June, and since then, there has been radio silence. So is the game even happening anymore?
The gaming industry has evolved a lot in 2023. There are multiple ways and platforms to enjoy a single game, but not all see success on different platforms. But if there’s anyone who could funnel a PC game to mobile while retaining quality, it’s Riot. So when Riot announced Valorant Mobile, the hype was incredible. But, the recent quiet had left players wondering if the game would ever see the light of day.
It turns out Riot Games is still working on Valorant Mobile. In the latest video, executive producer Anna Donlon shed light on the game’s current status.
When is Valorant Mobile releasing?
With Valorant, Riot Games plans to follow in the footsteps of Overwatch, PUBG, Apex Mobile, and more with a mobile version of its tactical shooter. According to Riot executive Anna Donlon, the game should have gone out by 2023, but a delay has pushed the release date.
Fans should not take the delay more seriously than it really is. Valorant Mobile is still happening. According to Anna Donlon, it’s just taking longer than expected.
“We are continuing our work on bringing Valorant to new platforms. It’s growing slower than we’d hoped. Probably slower than you hoped, but we want to get it right,” said Anna Donlon.
When the game was teased initially, the expected timeline was sometime in 2023 or 2024. But, it seems that Valorant development on mobile is much more complex. 2024 is likely not the year players can try the mobile version of the character-based FPS. If we were to take a wild guess, Valorant Mobile is still at least two years from release.
Earlier, leakers discovered that Valorant mobile was being tested on PlayStore by some 50 players. Beta invites were also rumored to be in motion, so it’s tough to tell if the game ever made it out of Riot’s studio or if the developer is ironing out the bugs after the alpha testing. Nevertheless, Valorant fans can’t wait to try out the game on their hand-held devices, whatever the case.
It’d be interesting to see if Riot can convince gaming enthusiasts to play the FPS game on mobile. The 5v5 genre of gaming hasn’t exactly seen much success on hand-held devices, with CSGO as an underwhelming example. In contrast, mobile gamers prefer a good battle royale or survival game.