You know Valorant – the free-to-play FPS game from League of Legends developer Riot Games, which is all about brokers sprinting round blasting and trapping one another. Well, it’s about to get a slightly sudden spin-off within the type of a Valorant dating sim attributable to launch later this yr.

Well, it seems so, anyway. If you’ve checked out a calendar as we speak, you’ll comprehend it’s April 1, so it’s attainable that is an expertly crafted little bit of enjoyable from the Valorant of us at Riot, however then, given the success of different latest equivalents – like Genshin Impact’s ‘hangouts’ – it’s equally not so arduous to imagine that is one thing the studio’s cooking up. The recreation is named Valorant: Agents of Romance, and its premise stems from League of Legends’ earlier Spirit Blossom pageant, which included some dating sim-like components – that’s, you might work together with a few of League’s champions and forge bonds with them.

The Valorant dating sim will place you within the position of a trainee agent, who’ll construct “meaningful relationships” with Valorant’s varied present heroes, “collecting items, going on dates, and maybe even saving the world in the process,” as a press launch explains.

Here are a few photos from the work-in-progress dating sim to offer you an thought of its flavour:

“We’ve been looking into ways to expand and explore the Valorant universe, even prior to launch, and when we landed on a dating sim, it just made sense,” says govt producer Anna Donlon. “We believe that everyone can relate to and enjoy the Agents of Valorant, whether they’re tac-shooter players or dating sim players.”

“It’s kind of funny. At first, we wanted to launch Agents of Romance as a game mode in Valorant, but it started to take on a life of its own,” stated Joe Ziegler, recreation director of Valorant and Valorant: Agents of Romance. “I don’t remember who suggested it, but at some point we just said, ‘Screw it. Let’s make this a whole game.’”

It’s a fairly sudden announcement, particularly given its arrival on this most hallowed of comedic holidays. Or, maybe the sport is solely actual and probably is an April Fools’ joke in itself. But then a dating sim that includes the shooter’s forged of characters additionally sounds fairly neat, and Riot’s already made it identified that it’s trying to create extra video games in its wealthy universes. For instance, we all know there’s a League of Legends MMO, tabletop recreation referred to as Tellstones, and single-player RPG recreation referred to as Ruined King: A League of Legends Story on the way in which, together with attainable others which may stem from its indie publishing label Riot Forge.

Valorant: Agents of Romance doesn’t have a particular launch date, however is because of arrive on PC someday this yr.