Welcome to Fracture, the seventh map of Valorant! With its new layout and unique visual, Fracture transports the players deeper into the conflict between the twin worlds. From two attackers spawn to ziplines that travel the whole map, Fracture will challenge your gameplay and strategies in new and exciting ways! The map will be released in patch 3.05, probably on the 8th of September.
Here’s everything we know about it!
Fracture’s Key Features
Fracture will be known for its particular H shape which allows attackers to begin the round in two opposite sides of the map at the same time, while the defenders will spawn at the centre of the map, right in the middle of the two worlds.
“Having two sides to attack/defend each site from was challenging in early playtests. ” said George Sokol, Lead Environment Artist for Valorant “This led to us giving each quadrant of the map a distinct visual identity so that players can get a better sense of direction and aid with clear callouts.“
It will be easy for players to adapt to this map thanks to the well-thought design of the two sites: A site is distinguished by its arid desert environment with its abandoned facilities deteriorating, while B site is contrasted by lush, overgrown foliage left to take over the science facility.
The building situated in the middle of the map, where defenders most likely will spawn at the beginning of the round, is where the central collider is located and right above where players can zipline through the map. The ziplines will connect the two sides of the map, allowing players to rotate easily from one side to the other.
Fracture will also bring another new element to Valorant. It will be the first map with interactive objects placed all over the map. There is no information yet on what these objects are or how they will affect the game and the choice of agents, but they will certainly be very influential on the players’ choices of which site to attack and which weapon to use.
One more thing! There are 10 Tac-Bears hidden throughout the map. Good luck on finding them players (and observers)!
Lore and Storyline
David Nottingham, Creative Director of Valorant described Fracture’s role as crucial to the timeline of the conflict taking place the two Earths. For this reason, the Valorant department invested in environmental and visual storytelling to help inquisitive players unravel the mysterious conflict taking place on the new map.
Fracture will be the first map released after the exposure to Mirror Earth and after the Duality cinematic. Fracture will help the players to better understand the mirrorverse and both Kingdoms by giving them a deeper look into the conflict at stake between the two.
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