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To sweeten the DLC Valorant players will be getting with the Episode 5 Act 1 update – the one with the Pearl map and new Battlepass – Riot Games will be release a Crossover Event Pass to celebrate the new map’s release.

The Crossover Event Pass is meant to expand the game’s lore and storytelling via the game’s Episode 5 cinematic “Shattered”. This bonus will feature legendary comic artists like Jim Lee to create comic book-themed Player Cards and personalized titles for your personal Valorant use. Here’s what you’re getting for free when Episode 5 Act 1 launches:

  • 2 Titles (“Dimensional” and “Double Agent”)
  • 3 Player Cards (Omen, Killjoy & Raze, and VALORANT Legion)
  • 2 Radianite Levels (20 RadP total)

Check out how the Player Cards look like:

Also, check out what Valorant’s video director Mike Berry and narrative writer Shannon Eric Denton has to say about these Crossover Pass Event bonuses and how/why they’re made:

What are the goals when designing the comic book covers for the game?

Mike: The primary goal was to create a few key visuals to support the story, which was very much inspired by the PEARL map itself. Players don’t know too much about the Omega side of this conflict, but it would be easy to assume they’re the “bad guys” based on what we’ve seen so far. What better way to flip that expectation than to throw Alpha into a room literally filled with heroic images of the other side? When we realized these covers could also be featured in the social campaign, as Battlepass content, and even on PEARL itself—we knew there was a bigger opportunity and reached out to industry folks with a good amount of diversity both in their backgrounds as well as aesthetics. If you’re into comics, you’re excited to see people like Belén Ortega in this world, and if not, you still get some badass art to take with you.

Shannon: The primary goal was to create a few key visuals to support the story, which was very much inspired by the PEARL map itself. Players don’t know too much about the Omega side of this conflict, but it would be easy to assume they’re the “bad guys” based on what we’ve seen so far. What better way to flip that expectation than to throw Alpha into a room literally filled with heroic images of the other side? When we realized these covers could also be featured in the social campaign, as Battlepass content, and even on PEARL itself—we knew there was a bigger opportunity and reached out to industry folks with a good amount of diversity both in their backgrounds as well as aesthetics. If you’re into comics, you’re excited to see people like Belén Ortega in this world, and if not, you still get some badass art to take with you.

On the comic book cover’s inspirations?

Mike: We threw out a couple fun ideas, but as long as the final set featured a nice variety in both subject and tone (and included a few characters that haven’t gotten a lot of cinematic love just yet) we let the artists tell us what inspired them. It’s really a tribute to the character team that almost every artist honed in on different Agents. The one exception might be Jim Lee who we specifically had in mind for a team origin cover. He’s just so damn good at them.

Shannon: Absolutely! Each of these creators are working on some of the top tier comics out there right now so we really took a ton of inspiration from them and the paths they’ve forged in their own careers. As for what we wanted to convey, just that the VALORANT universe is a big one and we’re only getting started!

On The Unexpected Challenges Or Novelty Stories On The Team’s End When Designing The Covers

Mike: I think the biggest challenge was being responsible! Every artist we talked to was either really excited by or already familiar with VALORANT and the world we’re building. Knowing the cinematic itself could only prominently feature a couple we had to work with marketing and game teams to make sure each piece would have a home and we weren’t just creating this cool art that no one would ever get to see

Shannon: Challenges were few, as everyone we were working with is a pro. It was fun with our own teams when folks started getting word of who was involved and their fandom kept adding fuel to the fire we were building. This project has been a blast.

Mike: With “SHATTERED” we’re laying the last couple bricks into the foundation of the IP that started with “DUELISTS” a couple years ago but there are so many directions we could explore from this point forward. It’s really the theory-crafting and community passion that keeps it moving. I’m looking forward to building this thing together (and probably killing Cypher a few more times before we’re through).

Shannon: With “SHATTERED” we’re laying the last couple bricks into the foundation of the IP that started with “DUELISTS” a couple years ago but there are so many directions we could explore from this point forward. It’s really the theory-crafting and community passion that keeps it moving. I’m looking forward to building this thing together (and probably killing Cypher a few more times before we’re through).

Valorant Episode 5 Act 1 and the free Crossover Event content will be available starting 22nd June.

 

Mr Toffee is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion. Twitter: @MrToffee
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