Riot Games has announced a new Agent for the free-to-play shooter Valorant, named KAY/O. The new Agent will be available in Valorant with the launch of its Episode 3, Act 1 on June 22.
The new Agent seems to be a robot built with the sole purpose of “neutralising radiants,” according to Riot Games. KAY/O’s abilities include:
- ZERO/point: Hitting E equips KAY/O with a supression blade that can be thrown. The blade sticks to the first surface it hits, winds up, and suppresses anyone caught in the blade’s explosion radius.
- FLASH/drive: Hitting Q equips KAY/O with a flash grenade which explodes after a short fuse, blinding those caught in its line of sight. Right clicking the flashbang throws a charged flash, reducing its fuse by 0.6 seconds.
- FRAG/ment: Hitting C equips KAY/O with an explosive fragment that sticks to the floor when thrown. The fragment explodes multiple times, dealing near-lethal damage at the center with each explosion.
- NULL/cmd: KAY/O’s ultimate ability, by default mapped to X, overloads the Agent with radianite energy that empowers KAY/O, and sends out large energy pulses from their location. Enemies hit by the pulses are suppressed for a short duration. While overloaded during the ultimate, KAY/O gains Combat Stim. If killed during the ultimate, KAY/O is downed and enters a destabilised state, allowing team mates to stabilise KAY/O’s core and revive them.
Riot’s goals with designing KAY/O revolved around adding something that felt familiar to FPS players, but without forsaking unique elements, according to character producer Josh Goscicki. KAY/O was the first Agent to be developed after Valorant’s launch.
The studio was inspired by a wide variety of things, with Goscicki even stating that one of the pages of KAY/O’s pitch deck just had a gif of flashbangs being thrown in other FPS games. KAY/O’s game designer, Ryan Cousart, stated that other inspirations include a wide variety of media, from Isaac Asmiov’s seminal I, Robot to classic movie Terminator.
For more information, here’s everything you need to know about Valorant: Season 3, Act 1.