Valorant’s subsequent beauty bundle is wanting eerily acquainted. The Black Market pack, arriving on April 12, is an unsubtle homage to Counter-Strike conveniently timed with Valve’s current announcement of Counter-Strike 2.

Curiously, the Black Market bundle is the precise reverse of Valorant’s typical type of loud, impossible-looking magical skins. The 5 included skins remodel default Valorant weapons into a detailed approximation of their Counter-Strike equivalents. For instance:

  • The Vandal turns into an AK-47
  • The Bulldog turns into a FAMAS
  • The Marshal turns into a Scout (these two already seemed fairly comparable)
  • The Basic turns into a Glock-18
  • The knife turns into a butterfly knife

In case you are still uncertain if the similarities are a coincidence, the Black Market bundle even references Counter-Strike’s terrorist/counter-terrorist format by altering every pores and skin’s look if you’re attacking or defending. If the reference holds up, I assume you may solely see that wood-grain Vandal on assault.

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Reactions to the bundle are appropriately blended. Some gamers are having fun with the cheeky Counter-Strike makeovers, whereas others are taking this as an indication that Riot is intimidated by the excitement round Counter-Strike 2. Personally I feel these skins, whereas easy, are an enormous enchancment over Valorant’s dreadfully boring all-black default skins. It is a disgrace that they’re going to in all probability be wildly overpriced: official pricing hasn’t been introduced but, however judging by the way in which Valorant tends to cost bundles, anticipate to pay wherever from $60-$80 for all 5 skins (or $16-$23 per pores and skin).

“I imply guess it’s fantastic, however I can’t justify paying cash for generic skins for weapons I’ve utilized in each FPS shooter for the final 20 years,” wrote Redditor xStickyBudz.

One other frequent response is disappointment that the assault/protection pores and skin swapping characteristic will likely be unique to this bundle. Valorant gamers have been asking for the same characteristic that works for any pores and skin for years, however based on Riot, it hasn’t materialized due to the potential strains on {hardware} necessities.

“Extra skins and extra reminiscence = extra load occasions,” wrote affiliate artwork director Sean Marino in a response on Reddit. “We wish gamers to get within the game rapidly and never have a bunch of issues occurring within the background stopping you from doing that—extra reminiscence means greater {hardware} reminiscence requirement.”

Truthful sufficient, but when I have been a Valorant participant I do not assume I might be glad. Would gamers actually thoughts barely longer loading occasions if it means extra freedom to indicate off the skins they’ve paid tons of or 1000’s of {dollars} on?

Riot continues its dedication to holding Valorant low-spec sufficient to run on something, however that comes with sacrifices.