Valorant is getting several big changes in the game’s upcoming 4.0 patch, including major combat fanatics and a stylish new agent. While Riot has yet to announce when the changes are expected to go live, the studio has laid out everything players can expect after the end of Valorant’s latest act.
Most notably, Valorant 4.0 comes with a brand new Operator joining its Duelists: Agent Neon. Based on Riot’s description of Neon – as well as her name – it looks like she will be a fast, energetic character focused on precision. With several moves that increase her speed and accuracy and some really exciting powers, Neon seems like a must for anyone interested in blazing fast gameplay and, well, lightning.
In addition to Neon, there are quite a few battle and weapon updates coming, including a much-needed melee buff. According to Riot, both right-click and left-click hit boxes are now significantly larger, with left-click actions also having a slightly greater reach. In addition, knifing walls now provide instant feedback.
As for weapons, Ares, Guardian, and Bulldog all receive buffs, while Specter is being reworked for its “over-performance” on long-range missions. According to the patch notes, the gun’s associated firing errors will now be more likely (bullets 3, 6, and 8 instead of 4, 7, and 10) and close range spraying will require more accuracy to use effectively.
In terms of maps, both Bind and Breeze are also getting updates, broadening key bottlenecks and implementing more coverage points to help the gameplay flow and make certain strategies more viable. Finally, Riot is also changing some of its matchmaking policy, reducing penalties for 5 stacks and increasing card randomization. The studio also now requires all accounts to reach level 20 before they can queue up for ranked matches, in an effort to encourage players to learn the rules and characters before jumping into competitive games.
You can check out the full patch notes on Valorant’s official website – as well as pay your respects to the game’s beloved “widejoy” bug.
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