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Valorant Mobile: Expected release date and the latest rumors
There’s no doubt that Valorant Mobile is one of the most anticipated upcoming Android games out there, primed to take on heavy hitters like COD Mobile and PUBG Mobile when Riot Games finally releases it into the wild. So when exactly is the Valorant Mobile release date and how will the game match up with the PC version? Here’s everything we know so far.
Neither Riot Games nor Tencent has announced an official release date for Valorant Mobile, but it was under closed testing in Southeast Asia in mid-2023. We may learn more later in 2023, but it's likely not going to be widely available until mid or late 2024.
When will Valorant Mobile be released?
As of late-2023, there is still no official release date for Valorant Mobile. It’s now been over two years since the game was first announced, and three years since the release of its PC counterpart. At this point, it’s very unlikely to come out in 2023, but we may get an official release date in the coming months.
There was some speculation that we would learn the Valorant Mobile release date at the third-anniversary event for Valorant PC in June 2023, but in the end, nothing materialized. Due to the lack of news, Valorant Mobile will likely not be released until mid- or late-2024.
How will Valorant Mobile compare to the PC version?
Riot Games and Tencent haven’t announced too much about Valorant Mobile yet, but if it’s anything like Riot’s League of Legends mobile spinoff Wild Rift or COD Mobile and other mobile shooters, it will be treated as a separate release. That said, from the leaked Valorant Mobile gameplay video from early 2022 above, the game itself looks fairly similar in terms of mechanics and gameplay.
It will feature many of the same agents and abilities as the PC version, but likely with quality-of-life improvements to suit mobile control schemes. It’s almost guaranteed to be free-to-play, although cosmetics and gameplay modes will probably differ between the two versions. There may be some rewards for connecting your Riot account with your mobile account, but it’s unlikely to feature any kind of cross-progression or crossplay between the two platforms.
Is there a Valorant Mobile beta?
There was closed testing for Valorant Mobile, but it was limited to users in China. Asia has long been the hotbed of both esports and mobile gaming. It’s also the home country of Valorant Mobile developer Tencent, and it seems that the bulk of the game’s development is happening in Shanghai.
As for a North American beta, nothing has been announced yet. The United States is typically one of the last areas to gain access to mobile betas, so expect the game to hit other regions long before the US. It is not currently available for pre-registration on the website, the Google Play Store, or the Apple App Store.
Valorant Mobile is being developed by Tencent Games. Valorant developer Riot Games is owned by Tencent, which has much more experience with mobile titles.
Riot Games has not confirmed or denied crossplay on Valorant Mobile, but it’s unlikely considering the game’s competitive nature and the fact that it’s not being developed in-house.
Riot Games has not announced anything related to cross-progression, but it’s unlikely considering that it’s being developed by Tencent Games rather than Riot itself.