Valorant is undoubtedly one of the most popular modern-day competitive FPS titles across the world. Boasting a player count in millions, the shooter is experiencing constant growth since its initial release on June 2, 2020. Needless to say, this wouldn’t be possible without the game’s developers who have constantly worked to make Valorant what it is today.
Unfortunately, one of the most prominent faces of the Valorant dev team, Joe Ziegler, has bid farewell to the Valorant team to work on a new project.
In a recent announcement on December 30th, Ziegler confirmed that he’d no longer be a part of the Valorant dev team.
“It is with a heart full of gratitude and a deep excitement that I come to you today with news,” he said in the blog post. “After 8 years of working on VALORANT, building it from the ground up with a team of dedicated and passionate developers who’ve worked tirelessly to serve you all with the respect and admiration that you deserve, I am giving up the mantle of game director of the VALORANT tac-shooter to my good friend, Andy Ho.”
“Andy is someone who I am proud to say has put many years of his own into VALORANT, and whose personal dedication to deliver to the highest standards inspires all who work with him. He has my full faith and trust that he will continue to grow and evolve VALORANT year-over-year to become even better than what I could imagine it to be.”
Ziegler then proceeded to explain his plans for the future. “As for me, I’ll be starting something new (*wink, secrets…) in the hopes that we can even scratch the surface of the amazing impact VALORANT has already had so far.”
While Ziegler parting ways with the Valorant team is certainly saddening, we’re also looking forward to seeing his next project and how it turns out to be.