VALORANT is coming to console — we just don't know when

by Cam Brierley  · 
VALORANT is coming to console — we just don't know when
Riot Games

The FPS VALORANT from Riot Games made waves in the PC community when it launched in June 2020, and it’s now headed to console. A string of job listings from the game’s developer has made it clear that it intends to bring VALORANT to console devices, with a launch on Xbox and PlayStation seeming likely at some point in the future.

The details:

  • Riot Games, known for developing and publishing League of Legends, one of the most popular PC games in the world, launched its first FPS title on June 2, 2020 in the form of VALORANT. The game launched as a PC-exclusive and was instantly welcomed by fans of the genre.

  • Now, more than two years later, VALORANT is headed to console. While there’s not a confirmed release date, or even a time that we could theorize it will be complete by, a set of job listings has made this clear.

  • Riot Games is recruiting for several positions that include wording such as: “You will be responsible for upholding design principles that define VALORANT on PC while transforming it into the definitive tactical shooter for Consoles.”

  • These jobs are based in either Los Angeles, California or Bellevue, Washington and include a Senior Game Designer, Console; a Technical Producer II, Console; and a Game Producer II, Console.

  • These are all either managerial or project management-type positions, which suggests the game is still some time away from release. But console fans can rest easy knowing that VALORANT is indeed coming to their platform of choice.

The context:

  • Depending on when this new version of VALORANT is ready, it could be Riot Games’ first foray into console gaming. The company doesn’t currently have a game on Xbox or PlayStation, but does plan to add console support to League of Legends: Wild Rift at some point.

  • Riot will also need to decide how to bring VALORANT’s console version into its ecosystem. Apex Legends and Overwatch 2, similar titles to VALORANT, each allow cross-platform play across PC and console. It remains to be seen whether Riot will opt for this approach, or keep its PC and console lobbies separate.

  • On top of these job listings confirming that Riot will be bringing VALORANT to console, we’ve also seen listings over the past few months pointing towards a VALORANT mobile game.

Interested in getting involved with this project or another of Riot’s ongoing developments? Find all of the company’s job vacancies here.

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