Looks like the days of unwanted bugs and game-breaking abuses are coming to an end, as Riot devs have confirmed that they’ll implement PBE servers to Valorant by the next year.
PBE (Public Beta Environment) are servers separate from the live servers and help the devs playtest updates before they’re shipped to the actual game.
In yesterday’s episode of Ask Valorant, the devs faced a question on the PBE. “Is VALORANT going to get a test server, like League has PBE?” a fan asked.
“Yes! We will be creating a selectively updated pre-release environment, or PBE, sometime in the first half of 2021,” Corrie Hardin, Senior Release Manager of Valorant, answered. “Specific features/queues will be advertised or limited and patches will be targeted for a certain length of time in advance of going live.”
Hardin also confirmed that the PBE of Valorant will be similar to that of Riot’s MOBA title League of Legends. The devs plan to give early access to the PBE to fans that won’t differ drastically from the live version of the competitive shooter.
A bunch of recent bugs on the newly released map Icebox has surely acted as a reminder on why PBE is necessary for a game like Valorant. The Omen bug and the abuse with Killjoy’s turret were termed game-breaking by many fans who scored some free wins using those in-game.