Riot has got Valorant out the door reasonably successfully, but that doesn't mean it's prepared to be resting on its laurels. Yesterday, executive producer Anna Donlon discussed the next steps her team will be taking, and it sounds as though the game's roster will be getting significantly more busy in the coming months.
With the arrival of Reyna with the game's 1.0 launch, there are 11 playable characters in Valorant, but that number is currently scheduled to swell to 17 over the next 12 months. Donlon says that there'll be two content episodes per year, each with three acts that will introduce one new agent each, for a total of six new characters every year. That's not set in stone however, as player feedback and remote working are both likely to impact that roadmap.
Elsewhere, the plan is for up to two more maps, and Donlon says a number of quality of life changes, such as the opportunity to surrender or remake matches, or call for a timeout, are already in the works. She also encourages players to engage with the game's reporting system, in an attempt to provide its player behaviour team with the tools required to counter in-game toxicity.
Riot always needed to be proactive about new content for Valorant, but I must say I'm a little sceptical about the numbers it's trying to hit. A couple more maps seems okay, but the addition of six new characters in 12 months would swell the size of the roster by more than 50 per cent, which could prove deeply disruptive.