Zedd talks about his ‘Spectrum’ skin collaboration with Valorant
The legendary musician also produced a series of exclusive music themes and FXs for the game making this bundle a 360° experience
Zedd x Valorant This is SPECTRUM skin bundle
The Spectrum skin bundle, designed in collaboration with musician and Valorant fan Zedd, is the next skin bundle coming to the game. The bundle includes a number of skins that Zedd assisted in the creation of, as well as musical components inspired by his music.
How to get the Spectrum skin bundle
The bundle will be available on September 8 for 10,700 VP, making it one of Valorant’s more expensive skin sets. Skins for the Phantom, Bulldog, Classic, Guardian, and, of course, the melee weapon are included in the Spectrum bundle. Two gun buddies, a spray, and a player card are also included.
Obviously, the collaboration with Zedd is the main selling point of this set, as he is a huge Valorant fan (as well as an NFT enthusiast), so this collaboration made a lot of sense for the game team. The ability to bring in a big name to work on a cosmetic set will undoubtedly make this one of the most popular skin sets in the game, but the set was designed in such a way that even those who don’t know who Zedd is will enjoy it.
Zedd was very interested in collaborating with us on a skin line because he’s a huge fan of Valorant. He was playing the game for many months before our team met him, so it was cool that he approached us as a Valorant player, not as Zedd the artist. When we first started talking about ideas, something we established really early on with him was that we wanted to make a skin that would be broadly appealing and awesome whether or not you were familiar with Zedd’s music or brand. This means that players who like sci-fi and sound-heavy skins would love this skin, rather than this just being a skin that only Zedd fans would enjoy. – Sean Marino, Art Lead on Valorant at Riot Games
The skin set includes not only the cosmetic appearance of the weapons but also a variety of extras like animations and finishers. Because Zedd is a musician, the team has worked to include a musical element in all of these aspects of the set, which was created in collaboration with Zedd himself. As a result, it is currently one of Valorant’s most complex sets the game has ever released.
The Spectrum skin is the most ambitious and complex skin line we’ve ever made, arguably more complex than the Elderflame dragon. And Spectrum has the most new features of any skin out there. We often say that every skin has to have an ‘oh shit’ moment, but I feel like this skin has several big ‘oh shit’ moments. – Preeti Khanolkar, Senior Producer on Valorant at Riot Games
Zedd talks about his collaboration with the Valorant’s team
This is a significant moment for Zedd and one that he has been anticipating for a long time. He’s been a fan of Valorant since the beginning, and now he has the chance to influence the entire game.
The very first time I got my hands on Valorant, I pretty much stopped playing all other games. It was the perfect combination of my favorite games. When I was younger I was obsessed with Counter-Strike, and in recent years I played loads of Overwatch, but felt like the room for “clutch” moments just wasn’t there. When I heard about Valorant, I thought it could combine my love for abilities with the high-consequence gameplay of a game like Counter-Strike. – Anton “Zedd” Zaslavski.
The sound of the gun is really important to how the guns feel, because ultimately all the skins are the same in terms of their capability, but they feel different. I did my own analysis on what feels good and what doesn’t feel good and applied how I mix my records. I just wanted the skin to sound very clean, [with] as little reverb as possible while still maintaining the competitive integrity, so it’s not better than others. – Zedd tells Billboard
You can feel Zedd’s influence as soon as you walk into the Valorant store, as he composed an original tune to play in the background while you inspect the weapons, “so when you go to buy the skin, it puts you in a different mood than the regular store music.”