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New Ascent map leaked for Valorant with Venetian theme

Published: 12/Apr/2020 21:50 Updated: 12/Apr/2020 21:58

by Albert Petrosyan


A Valorant dataminer claims to have discovered a fourth map for the game, called Ascent, which features a distinct Italian theme and ties to the city of Venice.

Valorant has been the talk of the town in the online gaming world, with millions of players either already enjoying the beta or spending countless hours in Twitch streams hoping to get lucky.

The beta features three maps – Haven, Bind, and Split – and with developers Riot Games recently confirming that a fourth one would be added, we may have gotten our first glimpse at what it could look like.

PixabayValorant’s next map is called Ascent and features a Venetian theme, according to new leaks.

According to a dataminer who goes by the name of ‘UlfricTheThird’ on Reddit, the new map is called Ascent, for which he was able to find some coding in the game’s backend files.

He was able to extract several textures, including gondola boats, pizza boxes with Italian writing, scaffolding/construction equipment, street lamps, and two street shops, named Baitshop and Boatshop respectively.

Based on these findings, Ulfric concluded that Ascent will be themed after Italy, more specifically Venice, as a lot of those textures fit in perfectly with what one would normally find in the iconic city.

New Map from VALORANT

Those textures were not the only things the dataminer discovered in his search through Valorant’s coding; he was also able to find the actual layout of Ascent, giving players an early look at what they should expect with the fourth map.

The design looks pretty similar to Split in that it has two sites that are on the northern and southern edges of the map and situated close to where the defending team spawns in.

There is a middle area, along with a series of pathways and alleys that connect all the sections together, so there will be several access points for teams to attack/defend.

Blitz.ggThe layout of the newly leaked Ascent map looks similar to that of Split (pictured here).

Those who have followed the development of Valorant were quick to notice that this isn’t the first time an Venetian theme has been connected with the game.

In fact, back on March 2, the official Twitter account posted a 30-second teaser showing Agents battling over a canal that looks very similar to the ones that are commonplace in the Italian city.

Furthermore, keen-eyed fans also remembered that one of the artists who worked on Sage posted some artwork that included “Episode 1: Rise of Venice” written along the bottom. So all indications are that this leak is legitimate and has ties into the game’s early lore.

Episode 1: Rise of Venice from VALORANT

What the dataminer was not able to find out about Ascent is its release date, so there’s no telling if Riot will introduce it during the beta phase or wait until the full launch this summer.

Based on how they’ve treated the beta, teasing that it could go on for a couple of months, chances are they’ll probably roll it out sometime soon so that players can get a feel for it ahead of the game’s official release.


Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin


Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

icebox valorant map
Riot Games
Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.