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Source: https://beta.playvalorant.com/en-us/news/game-updates/valorant-patch-notes-0-50/

 

Coming at you faster than my Iron rank placement, it’s Patch Notes .50. These are the kind that send wiki writers squirming, so let’s get to it.

All rifles have been updated to make single-tap and burst fire more efficient. The idea here is to support the viability of all rifle shooting styles (tap, burst, spray) when used in optimal situations.  This is tied to “Gun Recovery Time,” which we’ll touch on more in the notes below.

Sage, Cypher, Omen, Viper, Brimstone, and Phoenix have all undergone changes, in part to better align them with their intended roles and to balance abilities that we found to be either too weak or too powerful in common situations.

Other highlights: The cost of some Agent abilities have been tuned to better reflect their impact on the game. We also lowered the cap on the amount of credits a team can bank during a match to help opposing teams catch up—so, you can’t go over 9,000.  And the Spike now automatically falls when it gets stuck in an elevated location (you can stop bugging your tall friend now).

You’ll notice each map got some love as well, to remove some exploits and reposition a few barriers.

GAMEPLAY AND BALANCE  

WEAPON UPDATES

  • You will no longer enter the “walking accuracy” state when transitioning from run to stop
    • We noticed many players were entering a walking accuracy state during their run-to-stop transition that made it appear as if shots they fired/landed were done at full speed.
  • Deadzone accuracy speed threshold increased: 25% >> 30%
    • Now that you can’t gain walk accuracy while transitioning from a run to a stop, we’ve also slightly increased the size of the deadzone (full accuracy state) to make it a bit easier to get an accurate shot out quickly

ALL RIFLES

  • Recovery times on all Rifles have been updated, which should make tap and burst firing more efficient. Inaccuracy is accrued any time the weapon is re-fired prior to a complete duration of a weapon’s respective Gun Recovery Time.
  • Base walk accuracy: 0.6° >> 0.8°
    • We felt like walk-spraying with rifles was a little more effective than we’d like, particularly at longer ranges. We’re going to pull back on this accuracy slightly and continue to monitor
  • Vandal:
    • Horizontal (Yaw) Recoil reduced by 15% while crouched and stationary
      • This was intended to be the case and now properly matches the crouch benefits of other rifles
    • Gun Recovery Time: .4s >> .375s
    • Tap Efficiency: 4 >> 6
  • Phantom:
    • Fixed an issue where the Gun Recovery Time was higher than intended
    • Gun Recovery Time: .55s >> .35s
    • Tap Efficiency: 3 >> 4
  • Bulldog Automatic Fire:
    • Fixed an issue where the Gun Recovery Time was higher than intended
    • Gun Recovery Time: .55s >> .35s
  • Guardian
    • Fixed an issue where the Gun Recovery Time was higher than intended
    • Gun Recovery Time: .4s >> .35s

Machine Guns are significantly underperforming other weapons at their price points.  Machine Guns are meant to be bullet hoses—powerful once they get going. This is a difficult balance to strike in a game where a single bullet from the Vandal will put you down. Our hope here is to make Machine Guns better at what they do (shoot lots and lots of bullets) while also increasing the power of the Ares relative to weapons at a similar price point.

  • Ares
    • Price reduced from 1700 to 1600 creds
    • Firing Error (this value is a curve that has intermediate values between each bullet; bullet 2 has slightly less error than bullet 1, and so on)
      • Bullet 1: 1.0° >> 0.8°
      • Bullet 5: 0.85° >> 0.75°
      • Bullet 10: 0.75° >> 0.7°
    • Reduced the amount and intensity of horizontal (Yaw) Recoil after the first 8 bullets.
  • Odin
    • Reduced the amount and intensity of horizontal (Yaw) Recoil after the first 8 bullets

AGENT UPDATES

SAGE

  • Slow Orb zone duration decreased from 9 seconds to 7 seconds
  • Slow Orb slowing amount decreased from 65% to 50%
    • We all know Sage is OP.  We’ve decided to try to reduce some of her stopping power while still allowing her to fulfill her role as the premier staller in VALORANT.  These changes aim to reduce the overall efficacy of her Slow Orb, especially if they are chained back-to-back.

Cypher

  • Cyber Cage no longer slows enemies that move through it
    • We’ve always envisioned Cypher as a premier sentinel gathering info on his enemies and picking them off, but the slow on the cage was allowing him to move into Sage’s territory by stalling an entire enemy team. We still think this will be a tool he uses to buy some time, but enemies will now have more options when pushing his defensenes, especially when coordinated.
  • Spycam cooldown when destroyed increased 30 >> 45 seconds
    • Spycams have been flying into enemy territory like Sova darts at the start of rounds because the punishment for losing one to an enemy is so low. Hopefully this change pushes you to find a safe hiding place for your initial camera (please not inside a box).

OMEN

  • Dark Cover smoke duration increased 12 >> 15 seconds
  • Dark Cover smoke projectile speed increased
  • Dark Cover cooldown increased 30 >> 35 seconds
    • Especially at high-tier play, we’ve seen Brimstone become the dominant controller and we wanted to give his peers a boost to make them more viable while hopefully maintaining their unique playstyles.

VIPER

  • Snake Bite radius increased 350 >> 450
    • We’re increasing Snake Bite’s radius to match other area denial abilities

BRIMSTONE/PHOENIX/VIPER 

  • We see you b-hoppers out there, jumping through Incendiary, Fireball, and Snake Bite while taking no damage. We don’t want to completely negate this skill but we also don’t want it to trivialize a whole set of character abilities.
    • Height required to jump out of all damaging area denial abilities 80 >> 120
    • Snake Bite, Fireball, and Incendiary damage tick speed increased (total damage per second unchanged)

AGENT ABILITY CREDIT COST TUNING

  • We felt the credit cost of some abilities did not match the impact those abilities brought to a match, and made adjustments for a more accurate reflection
    • Sage Barrier Orb increased from 300 to 400 credits
    • Raze Blast Pack increased from 100 to 200 credits
    • Phoenix Curveball increased from 100 to 200 credits
    • Brimstone’s Incendiary increased from 200 to 300 credits
    • Jett’s Updraft reduced from 200 to 100 credits

AGENT ARMOR

  • Armor carried over from prior rounds is no longer destroyed when new armor is purchased, allowing you to sell newly purchased armor and return to your previous armor status (instead of having no armor)

MAX CREDIT CAP

  • Total credit cap is is reduced from 12,000 to 9,000
    • We’re noticing that players/teams who manage to bank a high amount of credits are maintaining a rich economic state for too long, and it becomes a monumental challenge for the opposing team to dethrone their economy

CHARACTER UPDATES

  • Sova‘s Owl Drone now includes a layer of sound for engine rotors
    • Audio should better reflect thematics, while maintaining how noticeable the previous version of Owl Drone audio was for allies and enemies, as heard in 3rd-person

MAP UPDATES 

SPLIT 

Attacking teams have been having difficulty finding a foothold in territory control across the map. We’ve made a few changes that should allow attackers better opportunities to contest A Main, Mid Top, and B Tower.

  • Barrier locations (those clear blue walls) have been adjusted across the map to provide attackers more of a foothold into territory control across the map
    • Defender barrier in B Mid has been pulled back. New barriers are in the entrance to Vent and atop the staircase in B Tower
    • Defender barrier has been pulled back at A Ramps
    • Attacker barrier has been pushed forward at A Main
    • Attacker barrier has been pushed forward slightly at B Main
  • Angled the wall on the left interior of B Tower when pushing up the stairs from Mid
    • This removes a 50/50 angle check when pushing into this space, which should make it more approachable for you to try and gain control of B Tower
  • Radianite crate in B has been changed to a metal crate to provide more cover when planting the Spike
  • Revised art to improve performance throughout the map

HAVEN

  • A new map exploit system is in effect which will have negative effects on anyone trying to escape the playspace
  • Updated several floor sections so that they now have appropriate material sounds

SPLIT/HAVEN/BIND

  • Added fixes for Cypher Spy Camera exploits to all three maps— a huge thanks to everyone who has helped us track these down, including clutch stream’s we lurked in for two days, writing down every camera placement and fixing them in real time
  • Backside of spawn barriers are now opaque to prevent some abuse cases
  • Added ability for Spike to automatically fall from elevated boost positions
  • Fixed multiple spots where Sova’s Recon Dart could over-penetrate map geometry—another shout out to everyone that helped with these as well!

HUD & UI

  • Teammate armor is now shown on the scoreboard
  • When the Spike is planted, the Spike icon in the upper middle UI now pulses with the audio beeps
  • New artwork for pings to increase readability in the world
  • Portraits
    • Re-enabled portrait for player’s minimap icon
    • Reduced size of portraits and icons by several pixels
    • Added color to the player’s own minimap icon with a slightly thicker border to aid in finding oneself (on the minimap, not in life)
  • Added regulation of chat messages when using the radio menu or radio wheel
  • Slight increase to broken armor text size to make it easier to notice
  • Relocated flyout menu for Titles dropdown so it opens in a more sensible location
  • Moved Leave Match button closer to the other “Exit” buttons in the menu
  • Made Logout button red to match Exit button, since they both exit
  • Shifted location of Skip button on MVP screen so players do not accidentally press Play Again button when slamming the Skip button
  • Adjusted radio wheel behavior so that mouse wheel up and down always select the other wheels regardless of other keybinds
  • Icon for Need Help changed from the little bug thing to a flag
  • Enabled attack/defend icons in the upper middle game info UI for all players, not just observers
  • Hooked up “Ult Almost Ready” VO when character uses the Ult Status radio command and are within 1 ult point of being fully charged

QUALITY OF LIFE 

  • Cheaters are no longer referred to as “Hackers”
  • Profanity filter setting added; when enabled, will filter out profanity from chat
  • Added a setting that allows toggling between walking and running
  • Viper’s Poison Cloud no longer enters cooldown when picked up during the buy phase
  • Added foe coloring for Sova’s Hunter’s Fury
  • Added Contract level-up animation when unlocking free characters or purchasing contract levels
  • Added tooltips and explanations guiding new players towards activating their first contract
  • Unowned skin levels now list their individual cost (in Radianite Points) and description in the collection pages
  • Made performance optimizations to address FPS drops when you or allies are shooting
  • Various social panel improvements to support better error handling and messaging
  • “Keep Player Centered” minimap setting is now a default setting
  • Renamed “First Person Enhanced Visuals” graphics setting to “Bloom”
    • As discovered by u/Far_OW on reddit, this setting affects more than just first-person visuals—it’s actually a visual bloom, or glow effect, which primarily affects weapon renders
  • Renamed “Shadows” graphics setting to “First Person Shadows”
    • This setting only affects shadows cast on a player’s weapon, hands and arms
  • Observer HUD
    • Dead players will now appear greyed out on the HUD rather than hidden
    • Team colors on the HUD will swap when switching sides, rather than the teams on the HUD changing position

BUG FIXES: IN-GAME

  • Cypher and Sova will no longer float in the air if the Sage Barrier Orb wall they are standing on is destroyed while when using the Spycam or Owl Drone, respectively
  • Cypher can no longer pick up his trap after an enemy has triggered it.
  • Sova’s Owl Drone can no longer rapid-fire darts if the prior one hits an enemy
  • Reduced collision size on Sova’s arrows so they don’t get stuck on corners when fired near them
  • Removed placeholder mesh from Viper’s Toxic Screen projectile
  • When using the ping wheel on the map, right clicking now correctly cancels the action and does not place a ping
  • Fixed a bug where the Spike UI would sometimes overlap with the HUD
  • Fixed a bug where a weapon’s ammo count on the HUD would disappear if swapping your knife, then back, while on low ammo.
  • Removed Spike icon from being visible on enemy player minimap icons
  • Spike can no longer be planted partially in map geometry
    • This also fixes cases where the Spike camera was appearing inside the Spike
  • Barriers on the minimap no longer adjust positions incorrectly during the buy phase if you open the megamap
  • Fixed bug where various issues would occur after multiple players would fulfill a weapon buy request at the same time
  • Fixed issue where the game would hitch/stutter when opening the in-game options menu
  • Fixed issue where the game would hitch/stutter when opening the in-game shop
  • Fixed rare movement bug where resurrected players who were tagged would have jittery movement in 1st-person perspective
  • Fixed a bug where some weapons lost their muzzle flashes in 1st-person POV when tracers were disabled
  • Fixed a rare bug where players appeared to be standing, when they were actually crouching
  • Ability details in the combat report will now correctly appear in the buy phase of the round when teams switch sides
  • Fixed miscellaneous Observer mode HUD issues
  • Spectators can now see weapon inspect animations
  • Fixed a bug where the camera could take an invalid position during character select
  • Fixed an issue where the combat report would show 150 damage but the enemy player was still alive (in cases where healing was not involved)
  • Fixed an issue where a teammate’s voice activity would incorrectly light up more than their own icon in the above-character UI element
  • Selecting a ping on the ping wheel and canceling no longer incorrectly spawns the canceled ping next time the player uses the basic ping

BUG FIXES: GAME CLIENT

  • Fixed incorrect location of text when hovering rewards in the contracts
  • Fixed a bug where purchase refunds were not reflected in client until it was restarted
  • Fixed a bug where player cards were cropped on the arsenal menu screen
  • Fixed a bug where, in some languages, mission descriptions could appear truncated
  • Fixed an issue where the Distortion Graphics setting was not properly enabled
    • Enabling this may have a performance impact on some older graphics cards

We will be hosting our first tournament in honor of the beta launch of the website.

This is our first tournament and we are going to be doing research on what works and what doesn’t. Please bear with us while we determine what the best format is and how to best proceed moving forward.

More information can be found at: Tournament 1

We hope to see you there! 🙂

Patch .49

April 28, 2020 | News

Source: https://beta.playvalorant.com/en-us/news/game-updates/valorant-patch-notes-0-49/

Can you believe we’re three weeks into the VALORANT Closed Beta? We wish it were four weeks so we can celebrate our one month anniversary, but we also don’t want to seem clingy. Rejoice with a slew of patch notes full of quality of life updates.

Phoenix mains can look forward to the removal of two Run it Back bugs, you can now actually exit custom games with the click of a button, the rare cases where the Spike would get stuck in the map should be history, and Observer mode benefits from a few improvements (more on the way!).

You’ll see the addition of “Competitive mode” here and you’re gonna have to wait a little before it goes live. Yes, we’re excited too.

Read all the changes below.

Gameplay and Balance

Omen
  • Omen now immediately becomes vulnerable and no longer appears dark after he leaves his alternate shadow form
    • If you were to find enemy Omen teleporting in, it was often confusing when you should shoot him to get the kill (vs. sending him back). This change is to both account for an invulnerability bug and score some extra points of clarity
  • The attenuation radius of the arrival sound on Omen’s From the Shadows has been reduced to 2250
    • Attenuation is a big word, but the short of it is you have to be closer to Omen to echolocate where he’s teleporting to. We’re trying to give him some spook back since if you do find him, you should now have him dead to rights
Sage
  • Barrier Orb will only spawn a chunk of the barrier if it is supported by the ground, this means it will sometimes only spawn 2 barrier chunks
  • Barrier Orb can no longer be placed on “small” pieces of geometry, it must be placed on the ground or on top of boxes
    • We love supporting boost gameplay, especially when multiple characters combine their abilities (looking at you Jett and Omen). However, we felt with the current placement requirements, characters were able to boost to too many unintended spots. With this change, players can still boost into some unexpected positions, but they hopefully won’t be 30 feet in the sky and floating in the middle of the site to look through a tiny pinhole in the map.

Character Updates

  • [Omen] Updated Omen’s visuals
  • [Breach] Updated Breach’s visuals

Map Updates

  • Added curtains to the top of double doors on Haven to remove the Sage Barrier Orb boost that allowed players to see through a sliver of the door at the top
  • Fixed issue with Cypher camera being placed on the Haven A Main boxes
  • Multiple fixes to the geometry on Haven, Bind, and Split to fix exploits and help optimize gameplay—massive thanks to all of the folks who helped to identify these! We see you
  • Updated materials on Bind and Haven to make surfaces more consistent overall
  • Changed color of Radianite crates in order to unify overall visuals

Competitive Updates

  • Added Competitive mode and ranked matchmaking, to go live in the near future

Observer Mode

  • Added “Ghost cheat” as an option to custom games with cheats enabled, allowing you to fly around the map in no-clip mode
  • Ability HUD no longer displays when entering drone camera as an observer
  • Exiting drone camera will now swap back to the most recently viewed player if they’re still a valid view target
  • Swapping through players to view will now iterate through an entire team before going to players on the other team

HUD & UI

  • In-game
    • New directional damage indicator visual
    • New low health and low ammo visuals
    • Removed character portrait from player’s minimap icon to better distinguish player icon; icon will receive additional color and polish in the future
    • Voice activity is now shown above allies’ heads
    • Added color to spike icon above ally’s head to make it easier to see
    • Fixed the ultimate ability icon above teammates’ heads showing as charged after gaining 1 ult point instead of when actually charged
    • Ping elements now fade when under player aim; previously only text faded
  • Out-of-game
    • Relocated Find Match button from social panel to Play screen; renamed to Start
    • Relocated Practice button from social panel to Play screen
    • Added Play Again button to End of Game screen
    • Made the flyouts on the nav progression widget clickable
    • Made main navigation button click targets easier to click
    • Added an option to orient the fixed minimap so that player’s starting side is always at the bottom
    • Adjusted all map assets so that full fixed orientations consistently place attackers at bottom and defenders at top
    • Added hover tooltips to thumbnails in the Collections view to show item name
    • Scroll speed tweaked to make scrolling social panel smoother
    • Made crosshair preview in Settings shorter to make more room for controls

Quality of Life

  • Added the ability to abandon a multiplayer Custom Game. Using the “Leave match” button in the ESC menu will allow you to permanently leave the match without penalty. Leaving the custom game in any other way (exit client, alt+f4, etc.) will still allow you to return to the match
  • Updated the audio occlusion system to help players better differentiate audio distancing cues. For example, Haven B to A short, you should perceive sounds from their correct distance and not as if they were right next to you
  • Players who abandon matchmade games, or dodge agent selects, will now experience penalties that prevent them from queuing for a period of time. Frequent offenders will experience higher queue time penalties. Leaving ruins the match for everyone else, and should only be a last resort
  • Enabled the ability to see VALORANT players online in Riot games
  • Adjusted play flow UX moving queue buttons into lobby screens
  • Adjusted social panel UX to accommodate additional space
  • Adjusted End of Game UX to clean up design of various widgets
  • Adjusted chat disconnect error state to be less… intimidating
  • Spawn practice bots option in the shooting range moved from the F3 menu to an in-world shootable switch
  • For all shotguns, moved the crosshair’s center dot by 1px to center it on the screen. The devs expect shotgun lethality to increase by 4,000% as a result (this is a joke)

Bug Fixes: In-Game

  • [Phoenix] Fixed a bug where Phoenix would get teleported back to an ascender (rope ladder) after respawning, in cases where Phoenix died while Run It Back was active and he was attached to an ascender
  • [Phoenix] Fixed a bug where, for a brief time after Run It Back ended, Phoenix could be damaged in the place where he fizzled
  • [Viper] Updated the appearance of Viper’s Toxic Screen on the minimap to show gaps in the wall
  • [Viper] Fixed Viper being able to animation-cancel Viper’s Pit
  • Prevent “Spike Planted” announcement from playing after a round has ended and hiding the round end announcement, which should clearly indicate the result of after-the-buzzer plant rounds
  • [Cypher] Fixed a bug where Cypher’s Cyber Cage would be selected at a larger range than intended causing overlapping interaction issues
  • Fixed Spike Carrier Killed announcement from also showing Ally Defusing
  • Fixed a rare issue where players’ weapons would float in front of them; too spooky
  • Fixed a rare issue where third-person player models could get desynced from the server when double tapping a defuse, causing some shots to miss
  • Fixed aim issue that caused some players who were using low sensitivity to have small mouse movements dropped
  • Fixed issue where canceling a plant or orb pickup could sometimes play the wrong (slower) re-equip animation, making it look as if the player could fire too quickly after canceling (timing was correct, animation wasn’t)
  • Fixed map region names as they appear below the minimap from not localizing properly
  • Smoothed out movement during player-to-player collisions
  • Fixed a bug where item UI prompt in the game world would appear to block bullets
  • Fixed a bug where the Z ping wheel could be opened alongside the map ping wheel, creating a scenario where multiple ping wheels could be open at once
  • Fixed a bug where ping wheel wouldn’t show disabled when direct bound pings were used to reach usage limit
  • Fixed a rare bug where either team could win a round by elimination on the same frame that the spike was defused, granting two points for that round.
  • Fixed overlap in ally planting announcement
  • Fixed a bug where the VO radial wheel would hit the rate limit by opening and closing it without selecting a VO option
  • Minimap will no longer randomly hide for all players in a game
  • Update to Bucky’s alternate fire to instead apply instantaneous, hitscan damage
    • Alt. fire was previously a projectile that was able to kill enemies shortly after the user was killed. No other weapon works this way so now it performs as a hitscan.

Bug Fixes: Game Client

  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to purchase items not available in their respective store
  • Fixed an issue that let players equip content they didn’t own
  • Fixed issue where display settings would get re-applied when joining/leaving games, which could move the window or change display mode in rare cases
  • Fixed network stability indicator sometimes appearing when setting was disabled
  • Line of sight is no longer required to pick up the spike when overlapped by a player
  • Fixed issue where the spike would sometimes become unretrievable
  • Fixed an issue preventing some player reports from submitting
  • Fixed various connection issues with voice chat
  • Fixed various connection issues with text chat
  • Fixed various issues with player state being incorrect in social panel
  • Fixed an issue where some players could not requeue after a game without relogging
  • Fixed issues with receiving party invitations
  • Fixed transparent player card icons in Custom Game lobbies
  • Fixed resetting controls for Voice Chat in settings
  • Fixed voice defaulting to automatic transmission for Custom Games
  • Fixed voice being interrupted when navigating Custom Game options
  • Fixed a handful of localization issues across menu screens