Valorant’s new “Pearl” map is an underwater city inspired by Atlantis

While we await the release of Valorant Mobile later this year, Riot recently announced a brand new map for the PC version of the game. Dubbed Pearl, the new Valorant map is essentially an underwater city designed to provide fast-paced gameplay in a fantastic environment. Check out the details below to learn more about Pearl.

New Valorant map ‘Pearl’ announced

It’s been a while since Riot released a new map for Valorant. The latest map added to Valorant’s diverse list of locations was Fracture, which was released in the third episode of Act II in September of last year.

Now, after releasing a new agent last month and tease card In recent days, Riot finally announced Pearl, which will come with the game’s next major update. It will also include a new battle pass and a new “Prologue to Chaos” skin line. The company has released an official trailer showcasing the different areas of the map. You can check it just below.

Pearl, according to the designers at Riot, is not as complicated as the game’s previous cards like Breeze, Icebox, or Fracture. This map is based on a simpler layout designed to force players to engage in combat instead of avoiding them. There are no teleporters, trapdoors or ascenders in Pearl for players to navigate. Therefore, fast rotations or easily running away from fights would be difficult for players.

“Pearl requires engaged engagements, without the rotation and mobility of gates, ascenders, or teleporters. What you get is something deceptively simple, strategically speaking. That said, there are still a few twists and turns and the whole depth you expect from a Valorant map”, Valorant level designer Joe Lansford said in a statement.

As far as lore goes, Pearl was an important city in Portugal from Omega Earth that was on the verge of being destroyed due to climate change. But, Kingdom Corp, a company in Valorant lore, was able to preserve the location using Radianite-tech (a mystical element of Valorant), and then that location was turned into a battle arena for Valorant agents.

“Since Pearl is set on ‘Omega Earth’, we wanted to explore how Omega Kingdom would address climate change and how we would convey that idea visually. The idea of ​​showing cities staying underwater seemed like the right visual direction that was exciting. everyone. It’s a nice visual juxtaposition of Kingdom Industries structures with older structures in Portugal,” said David Yam, Valorant Art Lead at Riot Games.

Pearl availability and removal of splitting

Now, coming to Pearl’s availability, the new map will go live in Valorant on June 22 via an OTA update. At launch, Riot will add an in-game only Pearl queue, which would follow the unranked format, to help players practice the new map before playing it in competitive queues. The Pearl-only queue will be active for 2 weeks after the update, after which the map will be added to ranked mode. You can read more details about the next Valorant update in the official patch notes.

Besides the new map, Riot confirmed the removal of Split, an existing map in Valorant, unranked and competitive queues. So, with Pearl going live with Patch 5.0 on June 22, Split will be removed. You can check out this official blog post to find out why Riot decided to remove Split from the map pool.

So, are you excited about Pearl? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below. Also stay tuned for more updates on the new Valorant patch in the coming days.