Valorant announces a new Initiator-type agent called Gekko

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Esports title Valorant by Riot Games have revealed the latest agent for their game named Gekko. The launch for the agent, according to a recent tweet, is planned for Episode 6: Act II of the game which is due to arrive on March 7, 2023.

Gekko, the latest Initiator for Valorant hero roster, is a Los Angeles native who can be seen goofing around with “tight-knit crew of calamitous creatures” named Dizzy, Wingman, Mosh Pit, and Thrash.

These creatures also represent each of Gekko’s abilities, which the players will soon get a chance to try out. The Valorant Champions Tour Lock In Grand Final featured a showcase match for introduction of the new agent played by Tarik ‘Tarik’ Celik and Leonardo ‘FRTTT’ Braz.

Talking about Gekko, Senior Game Producer at Valorant, John Goscicki said, “Keeping the Agent roster distinct from each other, while maintaining performance is always a difficult challenge. Gekko was the biggest one of all. Trying to create 4 super distinct creatures that you will fall in love with, while keeping them within certain game limitations is… hard.”

“Throw in different states and it’s even harder. The team had to work through a whole array of building smart, so that we could maintain the design of the creatures, and keep the game within the performance boundaries,” Goscicki further added.

Global Beta for Valorant Premier coming soon!

Valorant also announced Global Beta for their new team team-based competitive mode called Premier. The developers of this widely-popular game have also confirmed the beta testing for the mode during the Episode 6 Act III, which will most likely be released in the later part of 2023.

Players will be able to form teams and compete across categories during an Act with Premier. Teams will be required to participate in weekly matches on assigned maps in this mode. If a team wins enough games, they will be entered into a playoff tournament at the conclusion of the Act, where they will have the opportunity to compete for the title of best team in their specific skill division.

Head of Valorant Esports, Leo Faria said that this mode is one of the most crucial steps for the Valorant esports scene as moving forward in future this mode is planned to replace the open qualifiers for VCT Challenger Leagues. This allows players to compete against the top esports teams.