Ghanaian star-slinging space lady, Astra has been revealed as the new agent for ‘Valorant.‘
Valorant is a free-to-play multiplayer tactical first-person hero shooter developed and published by Riot Games, for Microsoft Windows.
“Ghanaian Agent Astra harnesses the energies of the cosmos to reshape battlefields to her whim,” reads her character bio. “With full command of her astral form and a talent for deep strategic foresight, she’s always eons ahead of her enemy’s next move.”
Astra’s kit mostly revolves around placing Stars around the map. Stars are small throwable projectiles, which Astra can use to create different effects. To place a Star, Astra has to shift into her Astral Form, with which she can place them anywhere on the map.
Once a Star is down, Astra can activate it with her other abilities to give it certain effects. One effect makes a concussive blast in a small area around the star, leaving enemies dazed after it explodes. Another creates a small smoke cloud, sort of like a remote-activated smoke grenade. Another of her abilities, Gravity Well, briefly pulls in nearby players before exploding and giving them a debuff that causes them to take more damage.
“With Astra we wanted to make a controller that was thinking about the whole map. Her global presence was there right from the beginning,” stated game designer Jordan Anton in a statement. “We wanted her skill expression to be about gathering information and turning that into a plan, where the execution phase is less about precisely targeting a grenade throw and more about seeing if your read on the enemy came together how you hoped.”
Watch reveal below.