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Interactive Valorant map gives a full overview of the first battlefield

Published: 23/Mar/2020 3:08 Updated: 23/Mar/2020 20:02

by Brad Norton

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Valorant’s first battlefield has been turned into a highly detailed interactive map that allows players to familiarize themselves and get an early edge on the competition ahead of the game’s full release.

While the release of Riot’s FPS title could still be quite a ways off, players eagerly anticipating the release of Valorant have been breaking down every frame of footage and every scrap of new information with a fine-tooth comb.

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As a result, Blitz has released an early overview of the game’s very first map in association with Riot Games, allowing players to mull over the layout and plan some early strategies.

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Valorant could still be a ways off, but players are already able to take a deep dive into the game’s first full map.

Before you can physically step foot into the world of Valorant, Blitz is allowing you to take in the landscape of the first map in the game.

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From an overhead perspective, you can tell the bomb sites are much closer to the defending side of the map than the attacking.

Differing from CSGO in two key ways, defenders are dropped onto the battlefield 30 seconds before the attacking team, and three bomb sites are scattered across the map as opposed to just two.

This allows for a period of fresh strategy as defenders map out exactly where they want to position themselves to best get the jump on advancing enemies.

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Additionally, as a 5v5 game, having three bomb sites also means that players will be scattered across larger maps than they may be used to in other titles.

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A full overview of the first map in Valorant.

The sprawling map is labeled in great detail already, giving players an early indication of callouts and hotspots to easily communicate with their teams.

From easily distinguishable ‘connectors’ and ‘tunnels’ to the more original ‘Heaven Stairs’ and even a spot featuring a ‘Gong,’ there’s plenty for players to grow familiar with.

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Of note, however, this map overview does not appear to indicate any form of teleporter existing on this particular map. 

Only time will tell just how significant a feature they will become, though based on this official overview, it appears as though at least one map at launch will be free from teleporters.

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While Riot has only revealed a single game type for Valorant, focusing around bomb-defusal and round-based action, a number of additional modes will supposedly be in the works shortly after its release

Perhaps the future developments might see the introduction of entirely new maps as well, but for the time being, you can start developing your strategies for the first Valorant map.

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Valorant leak reveals new “Snowball” game mode coming for Winter event

Published: 14/Oct/2020 2:22

by Alan Bernal

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Riot Games are reportedly planning a new mode for Valorant called ‘Snowball,’ according to new leaks that could suggest the developers are planning content geared toward a Winter event.

Now that the Act 3 patch update has hit the live servers, the content dump also gave dataminers troves of files to sift through for any clues on unannounced features or assets.

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Of course, with the launch of Act 3 came the new map called Icebox, which followed in the same snowy aesthetic that could align with a Winter event.

In the Valorant files, dataminer ‘ValorantLeaks’ found strands of code that contained a couple of recurring keywords that directly pointed to a new mode possibly in the works along with a few details of game mechanics it could feature.

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Icebox might not be the only snow-centric content in Valorant this season.

The words “Tag=Modes.Snowball” were found in four different instances. This is the best indication that a mode of the same name could soon arrive later down the line in Act 3.

Additionally, different lines reference words like ‘Bouncy,’ ‘Growball,’ ‘RapidFire,’ and ‘Skate,’ which could hint to features or even different Orbs that could be in the mode.

It’s possible that these are in reference to new modifiers along the lines of those found in Spike Rush or other effects that would be organic to the ‘Snowball’ mode.

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Spike Rush is the only game type that makes use of round-modifiers in the form of special powerup orbs placed throughout the map. The only other mode for Valorant so far has been a traditional Deathmatch mode, that could be seeing upgrades in early 2021 that would let players join a match that’s already underway.

If Riot does go ahead with plans on a new mode, then it’s unclear if it would be available alongside Spike Rush or the devs would opt down the road of a rotating playlist.

The Valorant team previously said they prefer to bring more modes as soon as they could to players, though these would “evolve” along with the players. “We want to bias toward putting new modes in the community’s hands as fast as possible and evolving those modes along with the players,” Riot said in a blog.

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As the holiday season nears, eager players will await official word from the devs for seasonal content in Valorant that could be on its way.