That 4.07 patch because Valorant is now live. While the patch itself is one of the smaller updates we’ve seen in recent months, with only a few minor tweaks, some subtle but intriguing changes have been made that seem to tease Agent 20’s arrival.
We’ve known for a while that a new agent codenamed “BountyHunter” is on the way, and we’ve even reportedly leaked his abilities. However, we still can’t be sure who Agent 20 is, what he looks like, or where he’s from.
Regarding agent updates, the patch notes state: “The Valorant agents have been dealing with a rather scary problem. Explore the shooting range to find out what they’re up to.” So it appears that a handful of things have been added to The Range in preparation for Agent 20’s launch. But what exactly are these changes and what do they tell us about the new hero?
First things first: Valorant shared a clip on Twitter as the latest patch went live. The clip features Cypher looking trapped and is accompanied by a spooky voiceline that we can only assume belongs to Agent 20. I’m not sure what the deal between Cypher and the new agent is, but I bet we’ll probably see Cypher die in another movie… again.
As for the actual changes to The Range, one of the newly added voiceovers is in an entirely new room that can be found right next to and behind the main firing practice area in The Range. The footage here suggests that agents are tracking “the blackmailer” to a warehouse, and this is where things get a little strange.
When Sova’s communication is cut after entering the building, Neon and Cypher appear to go after him. Neon then reports that there is something in the warehouse that is “haunting” them, and neither of them can see it. That sounds eerily much like Agent 20’s rumored skills, suspected of having trails and blinds.
After a fight ensues in the audio, the team captures their objective and KAY/O yells “we’ve got them.” If this is a nod to the new agent and her capture, we now know that they are female and that “she’s radiant,” like Sage, Jett, and Neon, to name a few.
As you continue through The Range and into the basement, you’ll notice some pretty spooky noises that weren’t there before, as well as a cell at the end of the corridor. We can only assume that this is where the captured target – Agent 20 – is being held.
Then there’s another voiceover in Brimstone’s office next to the cell. However, when you first enter this room, you will be blinded and start hearing whispers. It’s like the paranoia you can experience in a spike rush, but all the more annoying; Could this be part of the new agent’s abilities?
There’s a phone on the sofa here with a voice recording from Phoenix. He sounds desperate and asks what’s happening since he and the others are “seeing things” like “ghosts” and “nightmare stuff”. Listen to the recording again, and during the recording, a kind of portal will appear on the floor, escorting you through the room, accompanied by more sinister music. Is Valorant Trying To Fork Into Horror? What’s happening?
Also on the desk is a message from Brimstone announcing that they have arrested their individual target in Turkey. This is clearly a reference to the recorded mission from earlier.
Not only does the patch tease our latest character to be added to the roster, but there were a few nerfs as well. Albeit small, to some of the less favorable weapons in the game. Both the Bulldog and Stinger have delayed fire inputs while bringing the gun up to aim for the sight.
Oh, and Skye’s ultimate can once again break through Ascent’s destructible doors. I don’t particularly enjoy playing as Skye, but I did miss seeing her Seekers bang their heads on the doors until they break in.
In the words of Brimstone himself, “We’ll have answers soon,” but what do you expect or want from Valorant as Valorant continues to tease Agent 20?
https://www.vg247.com/valorants-latest-update-teases-agent-20-with-map-changes-in-the-range Valorant’s latest update teases Agent 20 with map changes in The Range