After it was initially expected to be released alongside patch 1.02 yesterday, and then delayed due to a bug in the game breakup, Riot Games has now announced when the game is ranked. Valorant It will actually go live.
For North America, Brazil and LATAM, it will start operating at 2 p.m. PT, which is only a few hours from now. In Europe, Russia, Turkey and the CIS it will start operating at 8 pm PT and for Korea, Oceania and APAC it will be live at 1 pm PT.
Times for worldwide classifieds launch have been staggered so Riot Games can monitor the launch and make sure everything is stable and working as intended. It has also been scheduled for peak hours in each region so that downtime bothers as few players as possible.
Joe Ziegler, Games Director Valorant At Riot Games, he confirmed on Twitter that the critical issues that caused the ranked game in Valorant to delay, like the bug where a player spawned at the opposing team’s spawn point or the one that allowed players not to use any clips in live matches has now been fixed and as a result they are confident that the ranking will now be a stable experience for everyone.
The release of the ranked game will be good news for the many players who have been patiently waiting for the system to go online. Many expected to be able to play ranked games for now, and these additional delays have been very discouraging.
When the ranking is published, it will be a slightly different experience than what was available in the beta version. In particular, the upper rank has been renamed to Valorant Radiant, which is significantly less confusing than achieving Valorant range in Valorant.
There will also be more flexibility when it comes to queuing up with friends during your location games, with only the biggest of the forbidden skill differences. And overall, you should now experience closer matches when playing at a party, with Riot touring a much more balanced ecosystem for those playing with friends.
Hopefully the ranked game will bring more equal games for everyone, with unsorted matches currently plagued by one or two players who are clearly more skilled and apparently dominate each match. Many players also don’t take seriously unsorted and have no trouble taking or running the game for those who want to play seriously. Hopefully when you play in ranked games, you should find players who want to play a serious game and who have a similar skill level.