Shroud predicts Valorant won’t be ready for June launch date

By Olivia Richman


May 23, 2020

Reading time: 2 min

Most Valorant players rejoiced when Riot finally announced that the game would be officially launched on June 2.

Riot has already hinted at a new legend and even a new map. They are also going to add some new servers for a better online experience.

But while the majority of gamers were celebrating the news by zooming in on the new agent’s foot, superstar streamer Mike “shroud” Grzesiek seemed rather frustrated with the release date. He told his followers that it was “big fucking facts” that June 2 was just too early to launch the game, reasoning that it’s just not ready yet.

“I don’t know what the fuck they’re doing. I think they’re being pushed by Riot,” he said.

He went on to explain that Riot is the “big dog,” but there’s a team of “little dogs” at Riot that are making Valorant and he believes that team is being pressured to release it before it’s ready.

“I am pretty confident that they don’t think it’s ready. How could you? It’s missing so much. You get 60 frames sometimes. I don’t know. It’s going to be bad,” shroud continued.

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Valorant release date, future plans for the game

Meanwhile, Valorant’s closed beta is coming to an end on May 28, meaning Riot is no longer doing any key drops. They shared a press release outlining the conclusion of the closed beta, stating that all progression will be reset except whatever players earned in the Closed Beta player pass. The Valorant store is also down for maintenance, but players will get their Valorant points back at launch, with a bonus as a reward for being early adapters.

But what’s more concerning to players like shroud is that there will be no more patches due to the servers closing. This could mean many issues that shroud and other competitive players faced will still persist in the official title. But Valorant executive Anna Donlon took to Twitter to clarify that there will be “fixes and improvements” when the game launches.

“Those who played, those who watched, those who broke the game, those who streamed endless hours of Cypher Spy Camera placements, and those who hopefully found a game they could call home,” communications lead Chris “Pwyff” Tom addressed fans. “We’re just getting started, but appreciate you being here in the beginning.”