It’s not every day that you get a character in a videogame that’s not only Philippine-inspired but a Filipino through and through. Thanks to Riot Games and VALORANT, we got exactly that from Neon, the speedy duelist and fan-favorite, whose official trailer has garnered almost 7 million views already.
“Neon is a landmark moment in VALORANT history that reflects Riot’s commitment to creating truly meaningful player experiences. We are thrilled that VALORANT’s cast of agents now includes a Southeast Asian representative from the Philippines that players around the world can engage with. We hope our regional communities enjoy the various Neon-related activities we’ve launched in celebration of this moment. But we’re only at the beginning of 2022, so stay tuned as we bring more exciting VALORANT content throughout the year!” said Justin Hulog, General Manager of Southeast Asia, Riot Games.
VALORANT Neon Collaborations
Riot went all out with Neon, rolling out a number of collaborations and activities with Filipino artists and brands such as Ylona Garcia, who came up with an original song “Entertain Me”, which was the background track in Neon’s agent trailer.
TeamManila, the leading urban streetwear brand in the Philippines, also produced custom ‘Team Manila x VALORANT // Neon Collection’ swag kits, which were gifted to key partners in the region. (Thanks, Riot Games!)
“Neon is really a love letter to our amazing Filipino and wider Southeast Asian communities. We have been very touched by the outpouring of love and support from our players and fans for Neon over these past few weeks. We’ve always known our Filipino community to be one of the most passionate! So we’re delighted to be able to show them how important they are to us through Neon.” said Joel Guzman, Country Manager for Philippines, Riot Games.
During her reveal, many beloved Filipino creators wore their sleeves on their hearts when viewing Neon’s agent trailer for the first time.
Riot Games also partnered with Rumble Royale and cosplayer Charess to light up the stage as Neon in this electrifying cosplay.
Neon was also brought to life by Vanille Velasquez, who we got to know better through an exclusive BTS video.
Neon is now available in VALORANT Episode 4 Act 1.