Although China has long been a popular location for game publishers, government regulations require each video game to pass rigorous testing before it can be released and Valorant is no exception. Riot Games broke major news to their Chinese audience in a much-anticipated press conference. The test phase will conclude soon and on July 12, the complete game will be released. Popular skin sets, a unique replay mechanism, and official inclusion in the VCT are also a part of the release.
On May 2, a closed beta test commenced that appears to have been successful because the game will now officially launch in the nation, more than three years after it originally became accessible worldwide. On July 12, Valorant makes its debut in China. Given that the qualifying match for Champions 2023 is taking place at the same time, it could be used as a pre-release marketing tool.
Valorant China Gets Exclusive Built-in Recording Tool
Chinese VALORANT Players will be getting an exclusive melee pic.twitter.com/e7tSgQhwsx— Valorant News (@ValorINTEL) June 28, 2023
For many, the region-exclusive replay mechanic is arguably the most intriguing part of the reveal. It is a built-in recording system that is said to be focused on capturing highlights and making clip-sharing easier. The patch schedule for the Valorant server in China will also be the same as the rest of the world. There will be 16 agents, four maps, and a Team Deathmatch option at launch. Additionally, all 36 of the previously released skin sets in the other regions will be accessible with China getting a special melee variant.
ICYMI: VALORANT China is getting a built-in replay and video recording system that will allow for expansive video editing, clip making, and more.— Valorant News (@ValorINTEL) June 29, 2023
This replay system will be exclusive to China. pic.twitter.com/sgrxbqGGnl
Additionally, the Arcane Bundle, the Champions 2021 Bundle, and the Champions 2022 Bundle will only be available to Chinese players for a limited period of time. At the most recent VCT Masters Tokyo event, EDward Gaming demonstrated that Chinese teams are already capable of defeating the greatest teams in the world.
EDward Gaming defeated NAVI, T1, and the current Valorant world champions, LOUD, to finish fifth-sixth overall and break China's losing run in international competitions. With 103 Operator kills, which is more than triple the amount of the closest player, Zheng 'ZmjjKK' Yongkang has shown to be one of the most interesting young talents in the game.
China will be included in the Valorous Champions Tour (VCT) and further information regarding how this will work should be unveiled at the Tencent Global Esports Summit 2023 on July 14 and 15.
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