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Valorant, previously known by its working title Project A, is an upcoming first person shooter game being developed by Riot Games, the developers behind League of Legends. The game is set for a tentative release date of summer of 2020.
On October 15th, 2019, Riot Games posted a trailer announcing Project A, an as-yet unnamed first person shooter. It's described as a "competitive character-based tactical shooter." Developers have focused on anti-cheat functions to prevent players from winning through unfair advantages. Executive Producer Anna Donlon said there likely will be no future updates on the game until 2020.
On March 2nd, 2020, a new gameplay trailer was unveiled, along with the reveal of its official title Valorant. On its official site, it advertises itself as a 5v5 tactical first-person shooter, similar to the likes of Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege.
Threads about the announcement gained over 16,000 points in /r/LeagueOfLegends and 2,500 points in /r/Games. YouTuber jackfrags posted a video about the announcement, gaining over 270,000 views (shown below, left), as did BigFryTV, gaining over 44,000 views (shown below, right).
The announcement was covered by multiple news outlets including The Verge and Dexerto. Dexerto covered how Riot’s VP of IP and Entertainment, Greg Street, tweeted how the game would be in a different genre from Overwatch. Street tweeted, "While we are honored by comparisons between Riot’s Project A and Overwatch, the two aren’t really in the same genre. Project A is a tactical shooter. Lethality is high and you don’t respawn. Map control and gunplay are key. The abilities are more about utility." He also told a user that the game would be closer to Counter-strike: GO.