It appears that there’s a new 5v5 game mode called Escalation coming to Valorant as part of the game’s next patch (2.03).
The news comes by way of Valorant’s Arabic website (spotted by @ValorLeaks), which appears to have accidentally published the news ahead of schedule. A translated version of the article breaks down the rules as follows:
- 5v5 gameplay
- 12 Escalation Levels (each level has a specific weapon or ability)
- The win goes to the team that finishes the 12 levels, or who reach the highest level in 10 minutes.
- The team as a whole must earn 7 points in each level to move to the next level
- Killing in the current level earns 1 point
- Killing in a previous level earns 0.5 points
- Each player has an individual weapon level that they work to complete
- You will have to achieve at least 1 kill using each weapon to unlock the next weapon level
- Your squad will still be able to advance on Escalation Levels even if you are within an older weapon level
- Example: Your team can be at Level 4, with the possibility of you remaining being “stuck” at Weapon Level 1 (let’s say it’s a Vandal Weapon), until you achieve 1 kills with that weapon. You will then advance to Weapon Level 2, not directly to Level 4.
- Matches are 7-9 minutes long
- Operator abilities that are based on your character’s choice cannot be used. Rather, only basic abilities can be used by all players during the match (see Gear section below)
- Level 1: Always either the Raze’s Rocket Launcher Capability or Vandal / Phantom Weapon
- Level 2: Always either Vandal or Phantom.
- Levels 3-11: A variety of weapons and abilities.
- Level 12: Possibly shorty, classic, knife, stun arrow … or even a snowball thrower
- Health: A health bag is dropped upon death and expires in 10 seconds
Players will receive 800 XP for a game of Escalation, with a 200 XP bonus for winning.
For the time being, Escalation is a limited-time game mode. Presumably, Riot will assess the community’s response before making a decision as to whether it should become a permanent feature.
Also part of patch 2.03 is a nerf for both the Frenzy and Stinger, which will surely come as a relief to the community.
Elsewhere in Valorant news today, Riot Games is putting its foot down with tougher penalties for those who spoil games with away-from-keyboard (AFK) behavior, as well as commit chat-based offenses such as discrimination or harassment.
It will also introduce small RR penalties to combat pre-game dodging. You can read more on the changes over on Valorant’s website in an article that breaks down a bunch of new changes likely coming in Patch 2.04.