Riot Games, the creative powerhouse behind VALORANT, has something truly exciting in the pipeline for all its passionate fans. This exciting announcement took place during the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Champs Finals broadcast, where Riot Games revealed the upcoming addition of a brand-new map called “Sunset” in Episode 7 Act II. This latest addition promises to immerse players in a vibrant homage to Riot Games’ very own hometown, the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles.
Sunset emerges as a mid-control map that masterfully encapsulates the quintessential essence of the City of Angels. It serves as a visual love letter to Los Angeles, artfully showcasing the diverse cultural landmarks that define this iconic city. From the timeless art deco and mission-style architecture to the thriving food truck culture, Sunset promises to transport players to the very heart of LA, complete with its legendary traffic snarls.
However, the charm of Sunset extends far beyond its aesthetics. The map’s design places a significant emphasis on the role of lighting to create an authentic LA sunset ambiance, all while ensuring that gameplay remains engaging and competitive. Riot Games has spared no effort in striking the perfect balance between visual spectacle and functional gameplay, striving to deliver an immersive and visually stunning experience for VALORANT players.
Sunset adopts a 3-lane, 2-site layout, with mid-control emerging as a central and decisive element of the gameplay strategy. As players navigate the intricate streets of this meticulously crafted map, they’ll need to rely on their tactical prowess and teamwork to secure victory.
In addition to the thrilling map reveal, VALORANT also unveiled several substantial updates to its team-based competitive system, Premier, which is set to officially launch alongside Episode 7 Act II. These updates introduce official divisions, expanded weekly matches that encompass all seven maps in the competitive pool, and a comprehensive tracking system that meticulously records players’ career history and results. Looking ahead, Premier will be seamlessly integrated with the VCT, with a first set of transformative changes expected to roll out in early 2024.
For fans eager to dive into this ever-evolving tactical shooter, VALORANT is readily available for free on PC through the Riot Games website. The highly anticipated Episode 7 Act II Update is scheduled to launch on August 29, 2023, promising an array of thrilling adventures and challenges for players to conquer in the sun-soaked world of VALORANT.