It isn’t uncommon for console-exclusive games to make the jump to other systems throughout its lifespan. Final Fantasy VII Remake was a “timed exclusive” for the PlayStation 4 before making its way to PC. Even PlayStation poster child God of War was eventually made available on PC in 2022. Valorant could easily arrive on Xbox systems, but could it be sooner rather than later? Here’s what we know about Valorant’s potential for becoming a cross-platform title.
Valorant, the popular hero shooter, has been running strong since its release in 2020. Players take on the roles of several Agents in this competitive game. Each Agent has their own set of powers and movesets, which may be used in a variety of multiplayer games. At the end of the day, each Agent’s goal is to win a vs match. Since its release, the game has been a PC-only title, but is there any chance it will be released on other platforms, such as the Xbox Series X/S?
Is ‘Valorant’ coming to Xbox? Riot Games has dropped some hints.
As of now, Valorant is only available to download via developer Riot Games’ official website. Even as a PC game, it’s not a title you can download through Steam or the Epic Games Store. The good news is that the game is free-to-play, meaning it costs nothing to download it onto your computer and start playing. The only time money is exchanged is through the in-game Store, where you can spend real money to buy weapon and melee skins for your characters. Otherwise, the game itself is free.
“We are definitely prototyping that right now,” Anna told GameSpot in 2020. “But there’s a way to play this game and there’s a way to experience this game that we’re not entirely sure translates completely to console play.” Fortunately, a lot can change in two years. In April 2022, ComicBook.com reported on a Riot Games job listing for a “Senior Game Designer.” The job description states that prospects will design game elements to “help bring console game products to market.”
Where does the game stand in terms of coming to Xbox consoles? While there is no formal announcement for an Xbox version, the team at Riot Games has expressed interest in trying to make it happen. In a June 2020 interview with GameSpot, Valorant executive producer Anna Donlan stated that the dev team was already prototyping a console version of the game at that time. Anna further mentioned that while Riot Games was interested in porting the game, the team wasn’t sure it could happen.
ComicBook.com theorized that this could very lead into full-time development on a console version of Valorant. But without official word for Riot Games, we’re still left to wonder. Could ‘Valorant’ still come out on PlayStation or the Nintendo Switch? As for any other console releases for Valorant, they’re in the same boat as the hypothetical Xbox version. If Riot Games is indeed working on a port, then it stands to reason that other systems like the PlayStation 5 or the Nintendo Switch are in the mix. Until we hear an announcement one way or the other, we still don’t know if Valorant could appear on major consoles.