On June 4th, Riot Games released their new FPS game, Valorant. Riot Games' focus has until this point been on the PC version but with the official release out the way, the developers have now set their sights on the console market.
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NEWS: Riot have teased that a console port for #VALORANT is being prototyped, but if it doesn't work out, they're willing to make a whole new console FPS game 🎮— Valorant News (@ValorantUpdates) June 4, 2020
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Donlon then went on to explain the difficulties of bringing such a hyper-competitive shooter to the console market. “There is a way to play this game and there is a way to experience this game that we’re not entirely sure translates completely to console play,” she explained.
This isn’t the first time we have heard suggestions of a console version of Valorant, during a Q and A with developers popular streamer Timothy “TimTheTatman” John Betar asked leader designer Trevor Romleski of a possible console port.
At the time Trevor said: “Our focus right now is on PC. We’re open to exploring new opportunities for other platforms, but for the time being what our current focus is, is on the PC platform.”
The balancing act for a console port appears to be if Riot can translate the gameplay to console without losing the competitive nature of the game, “We really believe that the way this game is meant to be played is this hyper strong-level of play with competitive integrity,” stated Donlon.
No mention was made of any release date as Donlon affirmed, “it definitely wasn't the focus out of the gate. If we were to do it, it’ll definitely be delayed," though that statement might not fill console players with confidence Riot have confirmed that an FPS, even if it's not Valorant, is definitely on the cards, with Donlon explaining that if they can't make Valorant work on console they will make a game that does and "put it on consoles."