Riot is a company that was always bold in their approach to not only visual design, but also game design and the general feel of the game. In League of Legends, we saw many fun game modes being added over the years, such as ARAM and URF, and one of such playful projects ended up releasing as a fully-fledged game – Teamfight Tactics. It’s clear that Riot intends on continuing the same trend over in Valorant, but will retain the classic 5v5 format for the competitive scene, exactly as they did with League of Legends.
The new Escalation mode is a blast to play!
The new Escalation mode that Riot introduced to Valorant came along with the new patch just a few days ago, and it’s safe to say that the fans are loving it. Instead of the slow and tactical pace, this is more of a rush to the finish line. The general idea behind the mode is to race the other team through the 12 Escalation levels and win the game.
Show your skill with every weapon in the new Escalation game mode, playable tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Odv6PA6rNQ
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) February 16, 2021
But there’s more! Players can also earn Escalation levels for their weapons, one level for each kill, and obtain stronger weapons every new level. To top it off, there are no agent-specific abilities and the respawns are very fast, which makes this game mode one hell of a brawl.
Developers tease new modes
In a Reddit AMA thread, the Valorant Modes Team engaged with the fans and answered a series of interesting questions regarding Escalation and possible future modes. The game modes such as Spike Rush, Deathmatch, Snowball Fight, and of course Escalation, were all very well received so the community was excited to hear more.
The developer Jared “darkhorse4life” Berbach, when asked about a potential standard mode with less rounds, replied:
“This is definitely something we’ve considered and will continue to consider. I think there’s definitely a desire for a shorter form of the standard game mode. Nothing concrete to announce here as of yet, but stay tuned!”.
The standard 5v5 mode is the mode that’s being used the most in both casual and competitive play, and as a baseline mode it will never change. Still, there are a lot of players who like to hop in for a quick 15-minute session and log off to do something else, and having a variety of new modes will help them the most.
There’s a high chance we’ll be getting a 3v3 mode sometime in the future, and this is confirmed by Jared’s statement:
“We’ve prototyped modes like this. Nothing concrete to announce today, but we’re super open to making 3v3 modes in the future. Like you said, these generally work well on smaller map spaces. Stay tuned!”.
The team also mentioned how they’ve tested 7×7 in Escalation mode, but this one turned out to be too complicated at this point. In any case, this is some great news for fans of Valorant, and if the developers continue at this pace we’ll probably see more modes like this being added to the game.