Riot Games just announced that VALORANT is getting its own test server similar to League’s PBE in the first half of 2021.
League of Legends’ Public Beta Environment also known as PBE is a “test-centric” server where Riot Games test all the buffs, nerfs, new changes before pushing them into the live servers. Moreover, PBE also helps Riot to gather all the feedback from players so that they can further balance new changes accordingly.
However, as there is currently no test server in VALORANT, Riot had to push new patch or updates without being tested by players.
But now, VALORANT’s Senior Release Manager Corrie Hardin has announced that they are currently creating a selectively updated pre-release environment or PBE which is coming in the first half of 2021.
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“For those that are familiar with the League of Legends PBE, this will serve a similar purpose,” Corrie Hardin said. “We hope to expand on what we have learned and provide an early access experience that does not drastically differ from the live version of VALORANT, but still allows for a glimpse into what we are working on.”
It’s nothing new to see bugs or glitches in VALORANT. Even in the newest Icebox map players are encountering bugs related to Omen, Jett, and others.
But with the new test server, Corrie Hardin believes it will help them “gather more information” so that they can “capture performance changes and expose bugs early that players might run into.”
Details and exact release date regarding VALORANT’s test server are yet to revealed. But we can expect to see similar features as League’s PBE where a new change will be pushed into the test server two to three weeks prior to the actual patch and based on feedback bug-free updates will go into the live servers.