Starting July 9, a VALORANT test environment—known as the Public Beta Environment—will open to a limited number of North American VALORANT accounts, where you’ll be able to test parts of early builds for upcoming patches.
WHY A PBE?
Simply put, our bi-weekly patch cadence could use some extra help to identify bugs and evaluate stability before we lockdown what stays and goes into our patches. This includes Agent and weapon balance, game systems, competitive, and the other updates that are usually captured in our Patch Notes.
Emphasis here on IDENTIFYING BUGS. This will be for testing features that are just about ready to ship and need a final pass to catch issues. We will not be using this for feedback on things super early in development, or just for feedback in general.
This is important to keep in mind since access to the PBE is limited and will not be representative of our global audience.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
PBE will be “selectively available”, not 24/7. What does this mean?
The VALORANT PBE will be open over one weekend before each new patch, two weekends prior to the normal Tuesday live date. This is where selected North American VALORANT accounts can jump in, test proposed changes, and mention bugs in the dedicated VALORANT PBE subreddit.
Once the PBE is live, the subreddit megathread will post. There you can see a collection of change notes and what you should test as non-functioning. This will be the default place to engage on all things PBE.
We reserve the right to close the PBE in the case of something being so broken it keeps players from testing.
HOW TO SIGN UP
You can apply to join the PBE using our sign up page. Once you enter using your VALORANT account, you should receive a response in your inbox with more instructions on how to download and what to do in the meantime.