The community isn't too happy
Valorant Points and skin prices: how much is too much?
Valorant may be in its closed beta but the game already has a formidable pool of skins to offer. The Prism collection came out recently and its price was unexpected.
Developer Riot Games uses a free-to-play model for its upcoming shooter Valorant. In March, the studio announced that there will be no lootboxes. However, there will still be microtransactions and this is where Valorant Points come into play. Let's take a look at their cost, how to acquire them and what you can buy with them.
What are Valorant Points?
Anyone who has obtained a key for the Valorant closed beta and looked around a little in the main menu of the tactical shooter inevitably would come across Valorant Points. Most of them probably started the game directly, or they have made Valorant friends instead of dealing with the micro-transactions.
The item shop has already opened in the closed beta and just as Riot promised only cosmetic items are for sale, with no effect on Valorant's gameplay. This is where the Valorant Points come into play, which can be bought for real money. With Valorant Points, you can purchase skins from a wide selection. Character skins won't be available, at least not for the Valorant release in summer 2020 because they would make it more difficult to maintain a successful balance in a tactical shooter where visuals can be life and death.
There are six packages to choose from, coming in different sizes:
- 500 VP: €5.49
- 1,150 VP: €11.99
- 2,150 VP: €21.99
- 4,400 VP: €43.99
- 5,500 VP: €53.99
- 10,500 VP: €99.99
As is often the case with in-game currencies, Valorant also offers a bonus when you buy a larger package. If you choose the largest package of Valorant Points, you will receive a whopping 1,410 Bonus VP on top. The following payment options are available in the Valorant Shop:
- Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)
- Instant bank transfer
- Paysafe card
- prepaid cards
Will the purchases be included in the finished game?
Nope. Valorant will receive a complete progression wipe when it is finally released in summer 2020. All purchased skins or unlocked agents will be lost. All purchases made during the Valorant beta will be refunded with a 20-percent bonus when the game is released. Anyone who buys Valorant Points now will receive an additional 20% in the finished game.
The Prism collection
The Valorant Prism Skin Bundle is currently on everyone's lips. Weapon skins are available individually for the preferred shooting irons, or as a thematically matching complete package if you want to let your entire arsenal shine in new splendor. Individual skins have a minimum of 875 VP but there are also high-quality designs that are a lot more expensive.
The Prism one is currently quite controversial as it costs 6,375 points. This means that in order to get a reskin of your arsenal, you'll have to spend way over €50.00. Needless to say, this seems a bit too much for a mere paint over. Valorant will be free to play but the cost for some of the visuals sure is higher than some of us expected.
For now, players are still more focused on getting to know the game. Anyone who wants to make an investment and get a return on their Valorant points will have time until the end of the closed beta. Stay tuned for more Valorant news.