It’s been a while since Riot Games, the developer VALORANTexpressed his intention to port his popular first-person shooter to other platforms.
The company previously admitted it was considering porting the game to mobile devices and possibly consoles, but it’s been a while since we’ve had any further updates.
That is until now.
VALORANT Executive producer Anna Donlon stated in a Dev Diaries video posted on Wednesday (January 25) that it may be a while before gamers can experience the game on platforms other than PC.
“We are continuing to work on the import VALORANT to new platforms,” she said. “It’s going slower than we expected.”
Donlon said progress may be slower than fans hoped, but they determined that they “wanted to make sure [they] I understood it well.”
In the same video, the developers discussed their commitment to eradicating toxic behavior and revealed plans to release new content such as new game modes like Team Deathmatch.
VALORANT Porting Challenges
Unlike Riot’s first MOBA game League of Legends, which could potentially run into a lot of issues when porting to other platforms as it runs on Riot’s proprietary game engine, VALORANT it runs on Unreal Engine 4, so being able to port to consoles might not be that hard.
That said, transferring to mobile can be a completely different matter.
It took Riot years to create its own mobile version, League of Legends: Wild Riftbut not before other mobile MOBAs like Moonton Mobile Legends were developed and gained a foothold in the Southeast Asian market.
And since NetEase launched its mobile FPS, Hyper Front, last year, Riot may be looking at potential competition in the future.
Then there’s the issue of game integration, which can accommodate cross-platform play.
FROM VALORANT being an extremely competitive FPS, cross-platform ranked play can prove difficult due to the potentially unfair advantages of using a console over a keyboard.
However, despite all these challenges, it seems that Riot is still committed to making it a reality. While it may take some time, little progress has been made.
In June 2022, the company announced a partnership with Microsoft and XBOX Game Pass.
This meant that players who signed up for the Game Pass and linked their accounts to their Riot Games account also gained access to all Agents in VALORANT and all the champions League of Legends.
And with a partnership like this, it’s safe to say that moving to XBOX could be one of Riot’s first attempts to make their games cross-platform.
Sharp-eyed fans also noticed in November 2022 that Riot was advertising several positions, such as Senior Game Designer and Console Game Designer.
It has also been confirmed in the past that the company is also considering bringing the game to mobile, but there have been no updates on that front.
The Dev Diaries video released on January 25 also showed some clips from the development team apparently working on the fixes needed to make the game available on other platforms.
Hopefully with all these updates, fans won’t have to wait too long for it.
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