After several rumors in advance, the makers of League of Legends have actually announced their new tactical shooter with Valorant this week. As is now known, it will also have microtransactions.
Riot Games relies on microtransactions in the new tactical shooter Valorant, which is to outstrip Counter-Strike. The game is generally offered in free-to-play format – just like the perennial favorite League of Legends and the rest of the studio's portfolio – but also sells items for real money.
As the makers revealed in an interview with Polygon, one does not rely on the heavily criticized loot boxes. Instead, only cosmetic items can be purchased for money. If you want to get hold of them, you don't have to invest coal in individual cases, because the items can also be unlocked via Battle Pass. Effortless players in Valorant can earn all items according to the will of Riot Games through the pure gameplay.
Cosmetic items include weapon skins and sprays, for example. Character skins are also planned, but will not be available at least initially. Such skins only change the look of the characters, but should not affect the competitive aspect. Riot Games wants to ensure that the look really has no effect on the gameplay, because some skins may be more difficult to recognize than others. It is a fine line to do this, but there are definitely ways to master it.
Valorant should start on the PC in summer 2020. A beta is planned for the coming months.