Developer Riot Games announced today that they will be adding a new character to the cast at the launch of Valorant. The character is named Reyna and she will likely be classed as a “duelist”, along with characters Phoenix, Jett, and Raze.
“Duelist” characters are focused on securing kills over providing utility for the team. The game features three other roles, controller, initiator, and sentinel.
“Controller” characters break up points to make it easier for their team mates to enter and plant spike/defuse. “Initiator” characters initiate fights and sets their team mates up for successful entry. “Sentinels” are defensive agents who are focused on locking down areas and providing visibility for the team.
Character design lead Ryan Morello elaborated a little more regarding Reyna’s kit. Her passive allows her to collect “soul orbs” which are spawned when Reyna gets a kill. Her abilities require soul orbs for her to cast.
Her first ability allows her to self heal, as well as over-heal up to 50 armor count. While her second ability allows her to become invulnerable for a few seconds, this ability leaves her unable to attack. Lastly, her ultimate ability grants her faster firing, faster reload speed, and reduced recoil. Additionally, her ultimate ability will enhance her “soul orb” skills.
“Reyna has the potential to pop-off like no one else, avoiding being traded on or healing so you have to beat her square-up each time. If she doesn’t get kills, though, she’s BAD. Like, near-useless. You’re making a big bet picking Reyna.”
Players have pointed out that Reyna bears a striking resemblance to Sombra from Overwatch. They have a similar color palette (purple and black) and they are both of Hispanic descent. Both Sombra and Reyna thrive off of harassing enemy players.
Valorant has been in closed beta for the last two months, and has been officially confirmed for a June 2 release date. Players can also participate in the tournaments starting on the same date.