On 17 June, valorant revealed its latest agent known as KAY/O classified as an Initiator is scheduled to release on 22 june along with episode 3 act 1. Inspired from terminator KAY/O is the ultimate explosive kit for Valorant having most the abilities
Abilities: Like every other valorant agent KAY/O has four abilities known as
Zero/point(E): It allows you to equip a suppression blade which can be thrown by using the fire button, after it is thrown it sticks to the first surface touches it winds up and explodes and killing anyone within the radius.
Flash/Drive(Q): It allows you to equip a flash grenade and it explodes after 1 second if thrown right click and 1.6 seconds if thrown with left click blinding anyone in range.
FRAG/ment(C):It allows you to equip an explosive fragment which sticks to the floor and explodes multiple times dealing critical damage at the center.
NULL/cmd(x): This ability instantly overload KAY/O with radiant energy and causes large energy pulses to emit from KAY/O’s location, Enemies that get hit with these pulses are suppressed for a short time. If KAY/O is killed when overloaded he enters a destabilised state allowing players to revive him.
When Valorant’s Character Producer John Goscicki was asked “What inspired Valorant devs to create KAY/O?”, he answered, “ I think at one point the pitch deck for KAY/O just had a GIF of flash-bangs being thrown in other FPS games. The funny thing here is that traditional flash/grenades are actually some of the most complex abilities in terms of how long it takes to lab them properly, and that can have variable results. We have all been playing with them for so long though. It’s such a comfortable ability, it’s like, give me a bag of Flaming hot Cheetos, some green tea, and a flash-bang… This is how I have been fragging for 17 years.”,At the same time game designer Ryan Cousart said,”I think a lot of games I’ve grown up playing tend to utilize militaristic grenades and utility in ways that you kind of get comfortable with. The inspirational thing about these grenades is that they have this Newtonian physics to them that is easy to intuit, making it easy to access and master different outputs in these tactical or militaristic shooters. Given I’m not too versed in my sci-fi, I actually learned a lot about different inspirations from Terminator to I, Robot, even all the way to Chappie. I have yet to see Terminator 2, but hopefully by the time KAY/O goes live I’d have given it a go so I don’t face waves of embarrassment.”
Episode 3 Battle pass:
Valorant episode 3 act 1 is going live on June 22 2021 and will end on 24 august 2021 spanning for 2 months along with a new agent and a battle pass containing 50 new rewards including gun buddies, sprays, skins etc. People purchasing battle pass will receive:
Free items after purchasing battle pass:
- Jigsaw Ghost
- Greatly Increased? Spray
- Greatly Decreased? Spray
- The Key to Ancient Mysteries Buddy
- Snowbirds Card
All the items that will be unlocked after purchasing the Battle Pass:
- K/TAC Vandal
- K/TAC Melee
- Jigsaw Bulldog
- Monarch Bucky
- Force Card
- Save Card
- Clutch or Kick Spray
- Salmon Nigiri Buddy
Squad Boost: episode 3 will also introduce a new feature known as squad boost which allows players to get bonus XP from their friend during the year 1 event from 22 June 2021to to 6 July 2021
Here is a list of all the bonus players will get for playing at the same party with their friends:
Party of 1: 0% Bonus XP
Party of 2: 8% Bonus XP
Party of 3: 12% Bonus XP
Party of 4: 16% Bonus XP
Party of 5: 20% Bonus XP
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