Yesterday, Riot Games rolled out a major patch for Valorant, bringing new agent Skye, a new map, Icebox, and a bunch of tuning to sentinels and initiators. The patch was meant to invigorate the game as its first big tournament series, First Strike, got underway.

Just a few hours later, however, Riot Games took the remarkable step of rolling back the patch update, which it described on Twitter as a “technical nightmare.” The patch will be redeployed later in the week, once issues have been sorted out and they’re less likely to interfere with First Strike.

As Valorant’s game director explained, the rollback only affects files that were added to the game. Any progress made is tied to your account, so that will remain.

It’s not a great look for any game to have to roll back a major update, especially when it’s trying to draw the spotlight to itself with a well-publicized tournament series. On the bright side, Riot was honest about the issues and took swift action to address them. Hopefully, this will result in more stringent testing before further Valorant updates go live — and further good communication after they do.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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