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[Update #2]: Valorant has now been released for PC, and unsurprisingly, it's a pretty fun shooter.

[Update]: Valorant has been pinned for an early June release date!

League of Legends studio Riot Games is currently in the last stretches of development on a new 5v5 character-based tactical shooter called Valorant, which as you might imagine, has piqued the interest of quite a few FPS players. With that in mind, it's worth mentioning that while Valorant's characters seem to take a fair bit of inspiration from games like Overwatch, its moment-to-moment gameplay is most similar to slower-paced, tactical shooters like Counter-Strike.

Even though the recent teaser trailers are all unfortunately fairly short, they can still give you a pretty good idea of just what Valorant is trying to be. So for now, here's two of them to help clue you in:

If these little snippets of gameplay look like something you might enjoy, you'll be glad to hear that Valorant will be heading into Closed Beta this April 7th! However, unlike the usual sign-up process, Valorant's beta will require you to link your Riot account with Twitch, and then watch partnered streams in order for a chance at a beta key.

Additionally, the initial Closed Beta will be fairly short and will only allow players from the following regions and countries: Canada, United States, Russia, Turkey, and Europe. I can only imagine this is due to a lack of servers, but either way, it's a bit unfortunate to see a large swathe of the world left out entirely. So hopefully the later beta tests will expand things significantly, both geographically and in terms of how many players are allowed entry.

As for right now, you can read a little bit more about the beta, as well as Valorant itself, over at the official website. Good luck with your beta key!