Killjoy, the new ‘Valorant’ agent, debuts in August

After just over two months of its release, “Valorant” will win another agent: the German hacker Killjoy. The free tactical shooter from Riot Games opens its new character next August 4th, with the end of the Act 1 Battle Pass.

Killjoy’s characteristics favor a more defensive game, either by ensuring key positions on the battlefield or maintaining pressure on the opponents’ side. Their accompanying robots make work easier by chasing enemies or weakening them.

Their skills are:

  • Alarmbot – A robot that chases enemies within range. After reaching its goal, the bot explodes, leaving opponents vulnerable. Robots can also alert you to the presence of opponents.
  • Turret – Deploy a turret that shoots enemies visible at a 180-degree angle. As well as the Alarmbots, it also warns of opponents nearby.
  • Nanoswarm – A grenade that releases a swarm of nanobots. Like Brimstone’s Molotov cocktails, it can make parts of the map, like the bomb, inaccessible to opponents.
  • Lockdown – Killjoy Ultimate is a trap that, when fired, holds all enemies within its radius. If activated near a bomb, it can delay the defending team or force them to invade the site and disable the device.

Killjoy’s contract, which must be completed or purchased to unlock the new agent, includes three sprays, two titles, a gun buddy and a player card. The Act 2 Battle Pass will also bring updates to the game’s progress and display a player’s non-competitive achievements.

Set in the near future on Earth, “Valorant” is Riot Games’ response to the success of games like “Overwatch” by Blizzard and “Counter-Strike” by Valve. The game features a cast of agents with visuals and culture inspired by the real world.

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In terms of dynamics, the game is closer to “Overwatch” than to “CS”. They are 5v5 matches, with each of the characters using superhuman powers that complement the shooting mechanics, providing strategic support and tactical information.

As Riot’s focus is on eSports, the developer has invested in ensuring competitive integrity and high-fidelity mechanics. “Valorant” has dedicated 128-ticks servers free for all players; a custom netcode to guarantee accuracy in the registration of hits; an authoritative server game architecture; in addition to an exclusive system for preventing and detecting cheats.

Recommended hardware configurations (60 fps):

  • CPU: Intel i3-4150
  • GPU: Geforce GT 730

High-end settings (above 144 fps):

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
  • GPU: GTX 1050 Ti

Minimum settings (30 fps):

  • CPU: Intel i3-370M
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000

Hardware recommendations:

  • 64-bit Windows 7/8/10
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB of VRAM

Via: The Verge / Washington Post

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