If you got the chance to play Valorant during its closed beta period, you may have gotten some time in with an early version of its ranked system and Competitive mode. Loading up Valorant now to see that Competitive mode is missing was probably a bit of a surprise–the only modes available to play at the moment are its default Unrated mode and Spike Rush, which was added at launch. So when is ranked Valorant coming out? And why did Riot remove it in the first place?
Does Valorant Have A Ranked Release Date?
Riot doesn’t offer an official Valorant ranked release date, but its game director took to Twitter on Monday to say that it will “likely” arrive “some time next week.” So the answer is clearly “soon.”
Back when Valorant first launched out of beta, the official word from Riot’s blog was that Competitive mode would return in “a few patches.”
Why Is Ranked Competitive Disabled In Valorant?
Riot removed Competitive mode and ranks from Valorant at launch to further improve on the system, but also to give players who didn’t get into the beta a chance to learn the basics.
Read Riot’s full statement below, part of its Valorant’s update 1.0 patch notes:
“Similar to our closed beta launch, our initial focus is making sure our service is stable before activating competitive matchmaking. This is also a way to give new players the same courtesy that closed beta players had to learn the game ahead of turning on Competitive. We’ll also make some adjustments to Competitive based on remaining closed beta player feedback. Our plan is to turn on Competitive a few patches into our launch.”
How Will Ranked Competitive Mode Work In Valorant?
If you’re curious about how Valorant’s ranked system will work in Valorant, we have a ranked system and Competitive Mode guide that breaks down how it worked during its brief early access period in the Valorant closed beta. This information is subject to change, but may provide a good look into Riot’s initial approach. We also list all the competitive ranks and tiers, but are still waiting to learn what Valorant’s new best rank (formerly “Valorant”) will be renamed.
For more on Valorant, check out the recent news, announcements, and guides below.
Valorant News & Announcements
- Valorant Update 1.0 Patch Notes: New Map, New Agent, New Mode
- When Is Valorant Getting Ranked Competitive Mode?
- Valorant Players Will Have To Wait For Team Deathmatch
- Valorant Console Release Is "Definitely" Being Prototyped
- Valorant Ranked System And Competitive Mode Explained
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