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When new weapons seem in Name of Obligation, it is an prevalence so common that you simply’d be forgiven for not even noticing. When Valorant will get a brand new gun, it is the largest factor to occur in Riot’s aggressive FPS since launch. After virtually 4 years, a brand new sniper rifle is on the block: the Outlaw, a double-barreled sniper that may two-shot enemies to the chest. It prices 2,400 credit, putting it between the economical Marshal (950)  and the one-shot-kill Operator (4,700).

At first look, the Outlaw is the type of quirky, antiquated firearm that’d really feel at dwelling within the mucky swamps of Hunt: Showdown greater than the neo-future streets of Valorant, however its outdated design offers it a definite position in Valorant’s fastidiously curated weapon locker. It solely packs two shots earlier than a protracted reload, however these shots hit exhausting, and you may shoot twice with out descoping. That is a doubtlessly massive deal for gamers who’d usually keep away from the headshot-dependent Marshal. With the Outlaw, two physique shots will get the job carried out.

As Valorant YouTuber AverageJonas identified in an early entry look, the Outlaw will in all probability pair properly with Duelist brokers who specialise in hit-and-run maneuvers, like Jett and Chamber. AverageJonas additionally stated the Outlaw has excessive bullet penetration, making it theoretically higher at cheeky wallbangs than the Marshal.

So will an Outlaw be value these 2,400 credit? That’ll in all probability come all the way down to how you’re feeling about sniping in Valorant. It is attention-grabbing that the Outlaw is not a straight center step between the Marshal and Operator—it has its personal factor occurring with its distinctive two-tap firing tempo—however I’m wondering if most gamers will nonetheless be extra comfy with the favored (and equally priced) Vandal assault rifle. Extra skilled Valorant gamers than me can in all probability provide an instance of a map/spherical state of affairs where the Outlaw is a doubtlessly good purchase, although for 500 extra creds I may get a Vandal, which might one-tap headshot on high of being extra versatile at mid-to-close vary.

The Valorant group tends to suppose primarily when it comes to aggressive viability, however one other argument for the Outlaw’s existence is that it seems enjoyable to shoot. The increase of its high-caliber slug makes a press release because it crackles throughout the map, and in contrast to the opposite rifles in its class, one shot from the Outlaw means one other one is coming instantly. Two-tap kills look satisfying and there is no higher punctuation for a wonderfully executed kill than the “thunk” of smoking shells leaping out a barrel. It is also simply cool to see Riot (slowly) increase Valorant’s weapon pool. I am unsure why it is selecting now to take action, although it may need one thing to do with Valve’s promise so as to add extra weapons to Counter-Strike 2.

I can not say I’ve seen very long time gamers asking for extra weapons, however a brand new sniper rifle is a brilliant first experiment. Snipers are high-impact weapons, and in comparison with CS2, it is a bit of bizarre that Valorant has solely had two till now.

The Outlaw arrives with Valorant’s Episode 8 Act 1 patch arriving January 9.