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Valorant beta: when can we play Project A?

Here's what we know about Valorant's beta and when you can try Riot's new team-based tactical shooter

Characters doing battle in Valorant

When is the Valorant beta? The latest teases of Project A’s gameplay look promising, but you never know how good a game is until you try it. Valorant blends CSGO-style gunplay and weapon economy with Overwatch’s ability-based character system. You can probably see why a few people are keen to check this one out.

If you’ve been out of the loop, though, Riot has been teasing Project A since League of Legends’ 10th-anniversary stream. Now we know that it’s called Valorant, and new details are starting to emerge as we approach the Valorant release date. We’ve gotten a glimpse of eight Valorant characters, and Riot has shown off some of the Valorant system requirements, too.

Thankfully, we don’t always have to wait for a game to release before we can check it out, as it’s fairly common for developers’ to run a beta to test things out, and to see if more tweaks are needed. On that note, here is what we know about the Valorant beta.

When is the Valorant beta?

The Valorant closed beta starts April 7 and will go on for an unknown amount of time. Riot has said that it would prefer to keep it as short as possible as it aims to release the shooter in the summer fully – all that could change depending on player feedback, however.

If you’d like to get involved, make a Riot account if you haven’t already and link it to a Twitch account. Once the release date comes, watch a Valorant stream, and you’ll be in with a chance of joining the Valorant closed beta.

The beta is only on offer to players in Europe, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and the United States. Riot has mentioned that it’s open to extending that further, but it’ll depend on how the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. You should also keep in mind that your progress in the beta won’t carry over to the main game. Any Valorant Points you buy, however, will do so plus 20% on top of it.

And there you have it, that’s how you can join the Valorant closed beta. If more details come out, we’ll be sure to update this guide to keep you informed.

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