Valorant: Story And Background For Riot's Tactical FPS
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Valorant: Story And Background For Riot's Tactical FPS

Chris Trout
2 June 2020

Valorant, Riot's new tactical FPS, will have a back story!

Valorant is more than just a mindless shooter, Riot's tactical FPS (formerly known as Project A) plans to tell its own story; similar to Fortnite.

It's something that most tactical shooters have failed to do and have struggled to put across.

Games like CSGO have no back story and other likes Overwatch struggle to translate the story into the game.

It's becoming an increasingly popular trend amongst shooters and can be seen developing in games such as Apex Legends.

So what is the story in Valorant?

Valorant Story And Background

Riot is aiming to do most of their storytelling in-game and there is a backstory before you write it off as a simple shooter.

Valorant is set on Earth in the near future with futuristic tech. At some point, there’s a mysterious world-wide event called "First Light".

Although it's unclear what this event is, it gives certain people around the world new hyper-natural powers.

These powers brought about massive global changes, including the rise of new governments.

In response, a new organisation called Valorant is created by secretive backers.

 

Fortunately, the story won't end there, it will continue to grow and evolve after release.

Valorant’s creative director David Nottingham explained some story material will happen outside of the game but will be reflected back in the game. Similar to how Black Ops Zombies introduced a comic series that was integral to the story and timeline.

Nottingham confirms that, as a result, the in-game world of Valorant will be constantly evolving - aesthetics in-game will change as the story progresses. He particularly championed how Epic Games change Fortnite's world and narrative without upsetting the core gameplay.

It's also important to Riot that players understand the personalities of the characters.

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