Valorant Leaker Claims Mobile Release May Be Pending
We’ve talked about a possible Valorant mobile release for a while now. Even last week we hypothesized about it coming to iOS. We certainly think it’s possible for Valorant to come to our mobile devices, but it’s likely that we’ll get the Reaver skin first. While we are all tuning in to Valorant First Strike matches, there’s been a possible leak on Twitter, one that could be very telling about the future of a Valorant mobile release.
ValorLeaks To The Rescue
Now, don’t get your hopes up. There’s no 100% confirmation of a Valorant mobile release, but this Twitter leak does look pretty telling. Valorant Leaks (ValorLeaks on Twitter). Their post has a list of all of the Valorant Mobile settings. Now, these could in theory also work on the Nintendo Switch, we think. After all, the touch-screen is possible in handheld mode for the Switch. One of the settings is “TrackballStyleAiming” and “TouchAimFiltering”, which makes sense for mobile/Switch. That would simply be swiping to the left and right to aim.
But there’s also “GyroscopeAimFiltering”, which could lead to Valorant offering turning your mobile device to aim at players. It’s an interesting idea at least. We have a hard time seeing Valorant as being a competitive game on mobile, but it’s not impossible. There is a huge call for FPS mobile gaming, especially in regions like India, where they no longer have PUBG Mobile.
We also have to consider one of Riot Games’ biggest markets: China. They have a titanic mobile gaming audience, and if it’s wanted there, it’s going to happen. However, it’s taken forever it seems for League of Legends: Wild Rift to come to life on mobile. The difference between Valorant and League of Legends though is Valorant doesn’t have to be made into an entirely new game. It’s the same game, just with controls/settings for a mobile device instead.
Just remember what Riot Ziegler has said:
“While we are exploring other platforms like console and mobile, right now the team is working hard to deliver a top-notch experience on PC.”
We aren’t hoping for mobile/PC cross-play per se’, we do want to see Valorant have a mobile release. We’ve seen images of a Valorant mobile UI, thanks to laptops too. This has been explained away as a UE4 error, but we aren’t sure that we buy that. There’s no telling how far they could take Valorant if they want to make it a game that’s playable everywhere. Personally, we’d rather see the Valorant devs focus on the many many bugs that are popping up in the game, instead of putting their eggs in the mobile basket. Let’s get a good game first, then maybe an esports scene. Then we can worry about mobile games!