Valorant Reveals New Cyberpunk Skin Line, Glitchpop

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By Jake Vyper | More Articles MTG Writer/Streamer
August 03, 2020  01:04 PM

Act 2 of Riot's tactical shooter Valorant will launch this week, and it will bring a new agent and skin line to the game. Now the developer has revealed the Glitchpop skin line. 

The new Glitchpop weapon skins have a cyberpunk-style glitchy look you'd find in a dystopian world with bright colors. There are also some cute stickers found on the weapon skins for the Frenzy pistol, the Bulldog rifle, the Judge shotgun, and the Odin LMG. 

The bundle, which will cost 8,700 VP, will also come with a glitchpop card, gun buddy and spray. The weapon skins can also be leveled up to get visual upgrades: different color schemes, sound effects, and a holographic projector. 

“Glitchpop was an opportunity for us to take inspiration from the cyberpunk genre with our own fresh take on it,” says Chris Stone, Valorant's senior weapons artist. “There are so many amazing representations of the cyberpunk genre so we didn’t want to lean too heavily towards any one of them. We decided to focus on how to push this skin line towards a more fun and punk aesthetic, instead of the classic gloomy and grounded cyberpunk representation we often see.”

Valorant senior concept artist Sean Bigham said that the design started by accident. The art team was designing a different skin line, and one of the artists misunderstood the design brief, and the result was something they called "megapunk". 

“We showed this design to the rest of the team and the reception was amazing,” Bigham said. “We knew we had something special here, but it needed to be pushed further and really fleshed out. As we further developed glitchpop, a question that kept arising was how to balance all of the visual noise in order to fit within the established Valorant art style.”

It's nice to see a more colorful, bubbly look in the game compared to the dark designs we've seen so far, and as a sucker for cyberpunk aesthetic, I will probably get this bundle. I love the holographic finishers that will probably be unlocked by leveling up the skins. 

"From a design standpoint, we simplified the shape language to allow for the stickers, glitch effect, and projector to stand on their own," Bingham explained. "We also simplified the materials to a colored gradient and carbon fiber to help the stickers and hologram pop without competing with the underlying design.”

The Glitchpop skin line will be available on August 4 - the same day the new agent Killjoy will be added to the roster. 

You can read more about the new Valorant agent here. 

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