Riot teases summer launch of 'CS:GO killer' Valorant. Image via Polygon.

Riot teases upcoming 'CS:GO killer' game Valorant

Riot Games, the developers behind League of Legends, one of the world's most popular games, have announced that their new game Valorant will be released this summer. Dubbed the 'CS:GO killer', Valorant features five-person squad-based competitive shooter gameplay like CS:GO, and the flashy character designs and special powers of Overwatch characters.

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