Filipino agent Neon in Valorant of Riot Games via Revu Philippines

PH represent: Neon is a Manila-based agent in Valorant

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Recent times have seen an increased representation of Filipinos in pop culture and media, and we can now add to the list Neon, a Manila-based agent and the latest playable character in the free-to-play, class-based FPS Valorant.

According to Valorant developer Riot Games, she is a duelist that favors a run-and-gun style of gameplay, her powers allowing her to create two electric barriers and fire a solid beam of electricity at other combatants. She is set to be the 18th agent released in Valorant.

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Neon will launch as part of the game’s Episode 4 Act 1 update, which will be available starting January 12. Perhaps more importantly, Neon is designed by Filipino Ryan Cousart and voiced by another kababayan, Vanille Velasquez. The reveal trailer also features a song by Filipino-Australian artist Ylona Garcia and contains a number of references to her heritage, including a walis tambo or broom and a framed Pilipinas No. 5 jersey famously worn by Gabe Norwood and L.A. Tenorio.

Ylona Garcia shares the character-reveal trailer on Twitter

Meet the voice behind Neon

Released in June 2020, Valorant has quickly risen to become one of the most popular FPS games in the world, with around 14 million players per month. Team Secret, an all-Filipino esports team, surprised the world after finishing at fifth-to-eighth places in last year’s Valorant Champions tournament.

Valorant, which is only available on PC at the moment, is expected to arrive sometime in 2022 on mobile platforms. We expect Valorant Mobile to have the same fast-paced gameplay as that of the PC release, but possibly with smaller maps and fewer agents at launch. Riot previously clarified that it has no plans for cross-play between the two versions of the game.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 15 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.