News

Valorant Act 2: A new agent, Battle Pass, skinline, mode

Valorant Act 2 was today detailed by Riot Games, offering up a new agent, Battle Pass skinline and more. We’ve got all the details for you below.

Valorant Act 2 new agent

First, the game’s new agent is none other than Killjoy, a German inventor.

Killjoy “effortlessly secures key battlefield positions with her arsenal of inventions,” Riot has prevoiusly detailed. “If their damage doesn’t take her enemies out, the debuff her robots provide will make short work of them.”

Valorant Act 2 new Deathmatch mode

Act 2 will also bring a new free-for-all Deathmatch mode that will launch in a beta test window from 5 August.

The first person to 30 kills (or the closest to that after 6 minutes) will win the mode. Players can buy new weapons through loadouts and swap ay any time. Players will also spawn with heavy armour and will not be able to buy or use abilities.

A three-second respawn timer will be in play, and all spawn points will put a character’s back to a wall.

Valorant Act 2 Battle Pass

Priced at 1,000 in-game VP, the Act 2 Battle Pass will contain a series of unique unlockables including gun skins, gun buddies, sprays, player cards, player titles and Radianite Points.

“Our high level goal for this Battle Pass was generally the same as the Act 1 Battle Pass: make a broad range of cool cosmetics that players will love. It should feel like lots of value for the $10 price point,” Riot’s Sean Marino told Stevivor.

“For the Act 2 Pass, we decided to look a lot more at how the community responded to the quality of the Act 1 content,” Marino continued. “Which cosmetics made players the most happy? What do they want to see more of? Did players feel like there was enough variety for them to express themselves? We tried to include some stuff the community had asked for, add more variety, create more fun buddies and build off some of the Act 1 content like more Tactibear.”

Valorant Act 2 Glitchpop skinline

A new skinline will lean into a dystopian future where death comes without consequence. Bright and bold, there are new Glitchpop skins for Frenzy, Odin, Bulldog and more.

“Glitchpop was an opportunity for us to make something loud, bold, and more colorful compared to a lot of the other skins we were making, which were more serious and dark,”  Chris Stone, Senior Weapons Artist, told Stevivor.

“On the feature side, we focused heavily on visual elements that would deepen the fantasy of the skin line for players. The muzzle flash, glitch equip, holographic projector, and stickers were all elements that we could clearly theme as cyberpunk, while offering a great first-person visual experience.

“We also wanted to give the player more agency when interacting with a skin line by tying the effects and features to common gameplay behaviors. A great example is the 1,3,1,3 (primary, knife, primary, knife) fidget that has been around since Counter Strike 1.6. When a player equips the Glitchpop line, they will see a randomized holographic logo appear on the side projector, and a randomized blade color on the knife. We had a lot of fun playtesting and iterating on this internally to ensure that the interaction between the player and their skin is exciting.”

Take a look at some of the Glitchpop skinline below.

Valorant is currently available on Windows PC; Act 2 kicks off later today. We previewed Act 1 action right here.

About the author

Steve Wright

Steve's the owner of this very site and an active games journalist for the past ten years. He's a Canadian-Australian gay gaming geek, ice hockey player and fan. Husband to Matt and cat dad to Wally and Quinn.