The start of Episode 4 Act 1 also meant players would be getting an improved melee, with buffs to how it works in the game, making the expensive cosmetics more than just a fashion statement.
Originally scheduled to come with patch v4.0, Riot finally confirmed that the intended changes didn't ship with the patch, being delayed to the forthcoming v4.01 update.
The intended melee adjustments originally listed in Patch Notes 4.0 didn't make it in. They'll instead get added as part of Patch 4.01, which comes out next week! https://t.co/HR7uPqRWez— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) January 12, 2022
Valorant v4.01 melee changes
The Melee changes that were pushed back include a buff to the right-clicks hitbox, which is now 1.5x larger, on the other hand, the left-clicks hitbox is even bigger and also has an extended range.
The melee strikes will now impact enemies completely centred in your crosshair, meaning that wildly swinging is off the table with the new range buffs.
When is patch v4.01 releasing?
We don't have an exact date for the release of update v4.01, however, Riot gave a tentative window and players don't have to wait a long time to see the melee changes come to live servers of Valorant.
If nothing goes wrong, Riot mentioned that players can expect the v4.01 update to drop "next week." Patches usually go live on Tuesdays, so expect the patch to come to the servers on 18th February.
There's no more information regarding what update v4.01 might bring, but rest assured, we'll be on top of things once the next patch rolls around.
One thing we can speculate on is a possible hotfix for the Ares, which receive a massive buff with the v4.00 update. The weapon is currently dominating the meta at all ranks, with everyone, from casual to pros, petitioning for Riot to take swift action.
Whether Riot immediatly issues a hotfix, it remains to be seen.
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