There will be four maps available to play on the full release of the game.
We’ve seen lots of VALORANT gameplay previews over the last month that are hyping up fans worldwide for Riot Games upcoming Summer release.
The VALORANT beta is now open, meaning more and more info about the much-anticipated game is being released.
So far, only Search and Destroy has been confirmed for the full launch, and is also available to play in the beta release.
In an interview with game designer Trevor Rolemski for Nordic IGN, we find out the game will launch with the classic Search and Destroy game mode initially. He went on to confirm that the developers are “completely open to exploring new modes post-launch [but] for now we have this experience that we really want to craft and make sure that it is as good as it can be.”
As for the maps, the VALORANT team focused on a unique design to make each fight memorable and will be playable over four different maps on release. So far, in gameplay videos from the playtesters and in the latest beta release, we’ve seen games played on maps named Bind, Split and Haven.
Haven is the only map with three bombsites; points A, B & C. This means teams will have way more ground to cover, from both a defensive and offensive standpoint. Positioning will be essential for both sides on this large map.
Split follows on from the traditional Search and Destroy format of only two bombsites, allowing players with the background in games such as CS:GO, to implement their strategies on this map.
Bind, again, has two bombsites, points A & B. Defence will be key on the Bind map.
Salvatore “Volcano” Garozzo is one of the map overseers for Valorant and is known for being the creator of several maps in Counter-Strike, including Cache, as well as pro player himself (for Team 3D and Dynamic). In the IGN Nordic interview, he shared his insights on the tactical strategies that will be able to be implemented in both maps we’ve seen so far; “I played on Bind and Haven. Bind has no ‘mid’ but you need to use teleporters to rotate. You are even able to use the abilities of agents through these teleporters. Haven is the exact opposite. Mid is an extra bombsite so attackers have the option of planting the SP-1K3 (the bomb in Valorant) at A, B or C.”
We can’t wait to play on all four maps when Valorant releases in Summer 2020 and get a closer look at the gameplay when the closed beta footage becomes public.
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