Harbor was inspired by Indian mythology, says Valorant devs
Staff, 2022-10-25 01:00:00,
Water-wielding controller Harbor has the power of the tides at his beck and call. But his story is also influenced by the rich culture and mythology of India.
The team behind Valorant always had diversity at the top of its mind. Each of its agents hails from a different background, bringing to life a complex tapestry featuring agents from all across the world.
In a recent stream on Twitch, Riot Games developers talked about the thought that went into Harbor and how they drew on Indian myth and legend to flesh him out.
New controller Harbor taps into Indian myth and legend
Harbor carries himself like a swashbuckling adventurer, a hero who remains unflinching even in the face of danger.
However, the developers shied away from the well-used Western concept of an adventurer and treasure hunter.
“We looked at a huge breadth of Indian media and were inspired by the countless tales of mythic heroes whose heart and conviction and strength allow them to become an unstoppable force for good and become legends themselves,” said Joe Killeen, Narrative Writer.
However, it was tricky to find the right way to do that in Valorant, where every agent shares that heroism.
“To that end, we were inspired again by the many objects of power and mystery that are scattered throughout Indian legends and stores,” added Killeen. “It was from there that the idea of an ancient radianite artifact wielder was born. Our relic-seeking adventurer being someone whose mission is to…
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