The newest update of Valorant which is numbered at 1.12 is now out. After a nightmarish update 1.11 which even the developers agreed to, this new update is a small one to test the waters.
The last Valorant update 1.11 saw deployment, rollback and redeployment with quite some drama added to the mix. The new map Icebox also isn’t the biggest hit with players. And the developers delayed the release of the new agent named Skye.
Valorant update 1.12: What’s new
The new Valorant update 1.12 is a smaller one which the developers explain that the problematic release of Patch 1.11 is “forcing us to reevaluate what it takes to raise the quality bar for patch days going forward.” The bigger changes this time around involve the Observer and the social panel along with some bug fixes. The devs even warn that they may be skipping the next patch and will do something around December 8.
The in-match display of Act Rank Badges will continue to be suspended in-game while the devs figure out what’s contributing to the performance hitches. The Act Rank Badge will still display in Competitive lobbies, map load in, and on the end-of-game screen.
Observers can no longer hear ping audio, and have improved sightline visibility in well-lit areas. A new Game State Modification cheat has been added to allow moderators to adjust various aspects of the game (player stats, money, etc.) in a tournament setting.
This update is rolling back the fixed team colors change from 1.11 as it was causing some confusion as people have started to associate red with attack, and green with defense. Besides this there were some bugs as well and the devs say that it will be back in the future with custom team colours.
The Open/Close Party toggle has been redesigned to make it easier for players to understand whether they are in an open or closed party. Observers will now appear as “in game” in the social panel and view and type in /all chat in custom games. Besides this there are some bug fixes that can be checked out here.