Valorant Devs Discuss Matchmaking New Guns And Option to Surrender

Published 06/20/2020, 9:39 AM EDT

Valorant has already earned its place in the esports hall of fame in the very short time that it has come into existence. With a lot of features and abilities, along with fast-paced action, Valorant has quickly become a favorite.

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This lightweight game still has room for a lot of development and devs have been constantly releasing updates to improve the gameplay further and add new interesting features. The 1.01 update brought to us a lot of new features including map updates, new orbs, and performance improvements. You can read all about the patch notes for the 1.01 update here.

Before the 1.02 update comes online, devs answer some interesting questions by fans and players on the official Valorant website.

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What about the unbalanced matchmaking in unrated matches?

A player asked that when playing unrated matches, the matchmaking seems pretty unbalanced at times. His/her question was that whether unrated matches have looser matchmaking.

Ian Fielding, Senior Producer, and Yilin He, Senior Data Scientist of Valorant answered this question by explaining the basic idea behind the unrated matches on Valorant.

“Our goal with Unrated Mode is to allow players a way to play the core VALORANT game mode with any of their friends. Given this, it means there is going to be a wider range of skills in games, and that can lead to matches feeling less fair. We still have strategies to make sure we keep stomps low and matches competitive, but Unrated will generally have a slightly higher range of skills. “

They said that Valorant has a similar matchmaking configuration for both competitive and unrated matches. The fact that unrated has no boundaries as to who a person can party with, can possibly make a difference. Having said that, they added that they constantly keep monitoring the matchmaking quality in many ways, including match balance and skill disparity. They said that they have not found any huge balance issues.

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Nonetheless, they will be launching their competitive mode in the 1.01 update which will continue to have hard limits in skill disparity and this will help players in both the queues.

Are there going to be any new guns in Valorant anytime soon?

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Preeti Khanolkar, the producer of Valorant, answers this question by saying that the game has had 17 guns for quite some time now and as of no the Valorant arsenal has a really nice balance. She adds that the devs had removed some guns during the early stages of development because they felt they were redundant or didn’t serve a clear purpose.

She also says that the devs learn a lot about the gun balance from the players and will surely discover potential gaps in the arsenal that they would fill in the upcoming months.

Will there be a surrender option in the game?

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Senior Producer Ian Fielding answers this question briefly saying that there will be an option for early surrender. This option will be introduced in the game with the 1.02 update.

As of now, Valorant keeps growing and as a game with new updates and features constantly aiming at improved gameplay experience.

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Samyarup Chowdhury

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Samyarup Chowdhury is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since June 2020. An avid gamer since his childhood, Samyarup has played many titles such as GTA Vice City, IGI, and FIFA, among others. Currently, he is a rather defensive fan of Valorant and the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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