Valorant has found a strong audience since launching three months ago, and fans have been calling out for the ability to customise their characters with custom skins.
In an interview with Dexerto, though, Riot's devs suggested we could be waiting a while.
Agent Skins Not Coming To Valorant Anytime Soon
Dexter Yu, Senior Producer at Riot Games, noted that the issue comes down to readability in-game.
"Readability is critical in our game, so skinning Agents is a whole other challenge that we’d need to be extremely thoughtful about if we ever decided to include them. We do not have any status updates to share right now." Yu explained.
"We know Agent skins are something players have asked for and we want to make them, but we are doing our due diligence in figuring out the best way to execute them."
That's perhaps surprising, given that Apex Legends has seen plenty of success with customisable heroes while also making it easy to work out which of the roster you're shooting at.
"Agent skins in Valorant is a really complex topic," Yu admits. "On one hand, you have people who really want them in our game. On the other hand, you also have a lot of players who are really anxious about Agent skins impacting gameplay and competitive integrity, which is a very valid concern that we share."
"Either way, when this becomes something we decide to dive into, we want to find the right balance that feels valuable and exciting for players but also adheres to our strict competitive integrity requirements."
It's interesting to note the use of "when" as opposed to "if", and it feels like a natural extension of the game's existing weapon skins.
Elsewhere in the interview, the devs note that the team receives constant requests for the Reaver skin set from the closed beta, but there are no plans to reintroduce it for now.
Be sure to check out the full interview here.