Now that VALORANT has been officially released on PC, fans of the Riot Games FPS are wondering whether the game will expand to other gaming platforms. In recent leaks and developer comments, this question may be answered sooner than latter.
On one of the various VALORANT leaks twitter accounts, code from the game has been mined and displayed. The above code implies that the game has been at least tested for an IOS or an Andriod port.
Riot Games is no stranger to the mobile games community. It has recently just announced a version of League of Legends that will be released on mobile platforms. The company’s other games, Team Fight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra, have mobile versions as well.
Mobile FPS have come a long way in the past three years. Call of Duty, PublicUnknown’s Battleground and Fortnite all have mobile ports. VALORANT would be a different monster if it were to go to mobile. The developers would have to devise a game mode that would capture the attention of a mobile audience.
In an interview with GameSpot, VALORANT producer Anna Donlon said that the idea of creating a console port has been tossed around.
“We are definitely prototyping that right now,” Donlon said. “But there’s a way to play this game and there’s a way to experience this game that we’re not entirely sure translates completely to console play.”
The experience she is referring to is having the different platforms play on the same server and thus in the same games as PC players. A mouse and keyboard is the most optimal way to play FPS games, but Battle Royale games have crossed this bridge and still done fairly well.
“If we were to do it, it’ll definitely be delayed,” she said.
Riot Games has been looking to break into the console and mobile community for years. It has had success recently because the newer titles, an auto battler and a card game, transfer to mobile pretty effortlessly. But, consoles have eluded the company.
There has been rumors that League of Legends has been kicked around for a console port, but nothing concrete has ever been announced or released.
Will VALORANT come to consoles? Probably. The game is a mixture of Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch and Counter Strike: GLobal Offensive. Two of those three have decent console ports and a following on those platforms. Also, the game is not as mechanically intense as Fortnite so the controls should be an easy port to a controller.
If the only problem is match making, then all it will take is time for the developers to make different servers for the different platforms, or just allow all platforms to be be in the same game.