New Valorant map Abyss is Riot’s deadliest with zero boundaries

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Valorant Episode 9 is a couple of weeks away, but before then we will be treated to the release of Riot Games’ brand new map, Abyss. It has just been revealed, and the fresh battlefield looks absolutely amazing. Not only does it look aesthetically pleasing, but it is also Riot’s deadliest playground yet as Abyss is the first Valorant map to feature zero boundaries.

The new map will be introduced as part of patch 8.11. This patch will introduce buffs and nerfs for five different agents, and there will also be a fresh map rotation including the return of Haven. In addition to patch 8.11, soon we will also get the release of a free limited beta on PS5 and Xbox consoles before the full release later this year.

All of the above is definitely exciting, and we cannot wait to step foot onto Abyss for the very first time. It is set to be one of Riot’s best maps yet, and there is a lot of unique aspects for fans to know about before entering the arena.

Abyss is the first Valorant map with zero boundaries

Riot Games has revealed the new Valorant map, Abyss. On the game’s official YouTube channel, the developer has uploaded a trailer demonstrating the size and unique scope of the battlefield with all of its personal charms.

You can check out the trailer below:

It is a 5v5 map situated in the secret hidden fortress of the Scions of the Hourglass. The most unique element is that it is the first Valorant map without any boundaries as you can completely fall to your death. It has a vertical landscape with precarious pitfalls, and it is Riot’s deadliest playground yet. Below is a list of key features:

  • 2 Spike Sites
  • 3 Lane Layout
  • “Death Drops”
  • Creative “Jump Shortcuts”
  • Branching mid paths

Per a press release from Riot, Valorant’s lead map designer, Joey Simas, said, “For Abyss, we wanted to push players to think differently about how utility and movement can be used in exciting new ways”. Simas explained how this is achieved through zero boundaries while also discussing other unique charms of the map:

“We designed towards this goal by removing the boundaries of the map and letting player creativity shine through. Whether it’s Raze satchelling an enemy off of the map, Omen Shadow Stepping around structures or any agent making use of the more high risk paths around the sites.

Abyss also focuses on longer range gunfights while maintaining a straightforward and easy to learn layout. A smaller design goal for Abyss was also exploring ways to fight over and around smokes instead of them feeling like they can completely block out a choke point.”

Abyss will come out with patch 8.11 on June 11th or 12th depending on your time zone. It is the final new component of Episode 8 before Episode 9 begins before the end of the month.

For more Valorant, check out our 18 tips on how to get better at the game along with our guide for how to appear offline if you don’t want certain friends knowing you’re playing. We also have guides for how to chat with the team, all, and private, along with how to add friends.

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Valorant

  • Release Date: June 2, 2020
    • - 02 June 2020 (PC)
  • Platform(s): PC
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Strategy