If you've been wondering when you'll be able to give Valorant a go on Aussie pings, good news: you've only got a fortnight to wait.
Riot's answer to Overwatch, Rainbow Six: Siege and Counter-Strike is leaving beta soon, despite many COVID-19 related delays stopping a wider roll-out of the closed beta. In an email to press overnight, Riot announced the game would be released "on June 2 across the majority of regions worldwide".
The game, which is currently available in the US, most of Europe and Latin America, has been in closed beta since early April. When the game initially launched, Riot announced that coronavirus-induced delays had forced the company to exclude Russia and Turkey from the initial rollout. The two countries were added shortly thereafter, along with South Korea. There was hope that Australians might be included in the closed beta, with Sydney one of the access points in Riot's direct server network, but the company has opted to launch the game on June 2 instead.
For Australians already in the Valorant beta, Riot advised that the game will be taken offline on May 28, likely May 29 Australian time. All account progression and statuses will be reset then, and any cosmetic purchases refunded (with accounts gifted a 20 percent bonus on any cosmetic currency purchased).
For those looking to jump into Valorant when it drops in a couple of weeks, you'll find plenty of handy advice below.
Described as a mix of Overwatch ultimates with the mechanics of Counter-Strike, Valorant is currently one of the hottest games of the year. It's hugely technical, with lots of traps, mechanics and elements that you need to know before jumping in. So before the beta officially comes to Australia, here's all the things a new player needs to know.
The Valorant closed beta continues to be one of the most watched games online, and before Australians officially get access the community is already formulating the most optimal team compositions for Riot's shooter. If you're just getting into the game recently, or looking forward to it when Oceanic servers officially go online, here's the characters you'll want to consider using first.