Valorant Episode 3, Act 1 is right around the corner, and leaks have started surfacing on social media. Recently, rumours surrounding the upcoming Agent 17 spread faster than wildfire, and we finally have a name for the character.
According to the latest leaks, Valorant's new Agent is called KAY/O and he is an Initiator. This adds to the mix of Agents, as there is an obvious need for new Initiators in the game. A new Initiator will definitely change the meta and team composition across all ranks.
Similarly, several other leaks hinted at the abilities of KAY/O, which primarily deals with suppression. Fret not, for we have compiled everything you need to know about these leaks to stay up to date.
Official Release Date
Riot Games has not officially announced anything about the new Agent 17 yet. So, readers should take these leaks with a grain of salt. Only a video trailer was uploaded to Twitter from the official Valorant page, and it did show the robotic armour for a new Agent.
That being said, Valorant Episode 3 Act 1 is scheduled to release on June 22, 2021. So far, it is confirmed that a new Agent is coming to the game, but fans will have to wait and see if it's the robot-Initiator KAY/O.
Valorant leaks suggest Agent 17 is named KAY/O
Popular data miners and content creators took to social media to discuss these new leaks. Zakky from Valorant Hub revealed some of the images that were leaked on Reddit and Twitter.
We took the liberty to review some of the information on social media and come up with a few theories.
Firstly, the leaks suggest that the new Agent is an Initiator, which means that there will be a substitute for Skye, Sova, Breach in Valorant.
At the same time, it was revealed that KAY/O ability kit revolves around suppressing the enemy's abilities. This in turn will create opportunities for crisp gunplay, where players have to depend on their aim and reflexes.
To wrap it up, the name KAY/O itself suggests that the Agent is perhaps a robot, cyborg, mechanised-human or an android. This means that the Agent uses Radiant technology and isn't essentially blessed with supernatural abilities like Jett, Yoru, Reyna and Phoenix.
However, we have come up with a predicted set of abilities for this new Agent KAY/O, if at all he gets added in the case.
Since KAY/O kit is predicted to be an Initiator, players can expect that his kit will have abilities to suppress other characters. Similarly, several leaks suggested that KAY/O might be able to control the robotic abilities of other Agents like Raze's Boom bot, or Killjoy's Turret.
Players can also expect KAY/O to have flashes or suppression grenades that allows his team to engage in gunfights without using too many abilities.
As far as his ultimate ability goes, there is not much to speculate on. Although, since the general theme of the Agent is around suppression and countering abilities, players can expect that KAY/O ult might disable opponents from using abilities. This may be similar to Killjoy's ultimate, but only time will reveal if that's the case.
These are the speculations about the next Agent coming in Valorant. Gamers will have to wait until Riot Games officially confirms these leaks in due time.