While Patch 0.49 did roll out, unexpected service issues & bugs prevented Riot from activating Rated mode. An ETA hasn’t been announced, but they did state they “will let you know tomorrow.”
Executive Producer, Anna Donlon noted earlier in the day on April 29th (as EU servers were coming back online):
Stability issues continued as NA servers were updated with the new patch. At 12PM PDT as NA servers were coming back online, the VALORANT Twitter account announced that Ranked would not be activated at this time:
VALORANT Game Director, Joe Ziegler added:
While fans waiting to jump into ranked will be disappointed, it’s best to wait until servers are stable.
The sheer number of fixes in Patch 0.49, as well as the VALORANT team working remotely, means we should all give them additional time to get things working. The VALORANT team has been great about being transparent throughout the Closed Beta, and this is no exception.
While there’s no ETA for Rated mode’s launch yet, we’d presume it’s all hands on deck for VALORANT’s engineers as they work through fixes to have it running soon.
EU and NA servers went down today for the rollout of Patch 0.49, including: the launch of Ranked in “Rated” mode, a number of bug fixes, & QoL updates.
EU matchmaking & servers went down at 3:30AM CEST on April 29th, and came back up around 9AM CEST.
NA matchmaking & servers went down at 4:30AM PDT and will come back up at 10AM PDT.
A ton of changes and fixes are featured in patch 0.49 including:
- The addition of Rated mode
- Bug fixes for several Agent’s abilities like Phoenix’s Run it Back, Cypher’s Cyber Cage, & Viper’s Viper’s Pit,
- Fixes to the Spike getting stuck in the map
- Observer mode polishing
- HUD, UI, Menu, and Game Client updates
- Quality of Life updates:
- Audio occlusion system updates to help differentiate audio distancing queues
- Penalties for leavers of matchmade games or dodging agent selects, with increasing queue time penalties for frequent offenses.
Check out the full patch notes from Riot, here.
VALORANT devs surprised fans with the formal announcement of competitive matchmaking and ranked gameplay in an upcoming “Rated Mode” available as soon as the week of April 26th in the Closed Beta.
In a blog post, Senior Producer, Ian “Brighteyz” Fielding and Senior Designer, Sean “Drevarius” Szopinski from the VALORANT Competitive team detailed how the ranking system works.
Rated Mode, as the competitive mode is called, is very much a work in progress that will be tweaked throughout the Closed Beta. An outline of how competitive mode will work:
- Complete 20 Unrated matches to unlock Competitive mode
- 8 ranks, 3 tiers each, except the top rank, VALORANT
- Queue with up to 5-player parties, must be within 2 ranks
- Rank isn’t displayed if competitive matches aren’t played within 14 days, but your rank doesn’t decay behind the scenes.
The eight levels of rank, each divided into three tiers are: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and the highest rank — VALORANT.
Competitive integrity has been factored into Rated Mode, as well.
The system looks at a player’s total performance, not just wins or losses, to better detect smurfs, prevent rank boosting, and to give an accurate display of your skill.
Devs are also working on a way to add some sort of Rank Progression system that acknowledges accomplishments in the game for all ranks, outside of just the match rank display. This is a great move to keep the most competitive players engaged with the game beyond reaching their desired match rank.
It’s important to note that Closed Beta rank does not carry over into the game’s official launch, sometime in Summer 2020.
The blog post stated, “Competitive mode will be available soon after patch 0.49…”
VALORANT game director, Joe Ziegler, tweeted at the time the blog post was released on April 24th,
“[...] the next patch will be 0.49. Rated mode will go live as soon as we’re confident in the stability of that patch on live. Current ETA for 0.49 is sometime next week. Will let you know more specifics as we get closer.”
Are you excited for Rated Mode?
Read the full blog post for all of the details here.