Valorant‘s fifth episode, Dimension, kicks off today, and with it players may as well be taking a step into a brand new world, because they literally will be. Players who dive in this season have a lot of new content to work through including a new map and event pass that are front and center for the beginning of this first Act. Folks who love the grind are bound to find something they enjoy in Valorant’s latest battle pass and some of our favorite weapons are even getting a new series of electrifying premium skins. You can check out this season’s patch notes here, but other here’s a quick rundown of what’s in Valorant’s new episode
Valorant’s new map, Pearl, is set on an alternate Earth
Riot Games has done a decent job of constantly introducing new maps to Valorant since it first released two years ago. However, none of the maps introduced before have ever taken place on Omega Earth, Valorant’s canonical alternate reality Earth where familiar characters are in fact the bad guys. Pearl, the newest map being added in Dimension: Act I, actually sits under a dome in the water on Omega Earth, since it has been ravaged by climate collapse. It’s also inspired by and set in Portugal, which lends the map a distinct look and sound that the team hasn’t explored much as they’ve continued hopping all over the world.
While most Valorant maps feature some kind of gimmick, like Bind’s one-way teleporters or Fracture’s collapsed middle and ziplines that span the length of the map, Pearl was designed as a straightforward map without one. Instead, it brings typical three-lane gameplay back to the forefront of the game. To help the map shine, a queue has been added to exclusively play Pearl for two weeks. The queue is Unrated and after the two weeks are up, Pearl will be added to the competitive rotation.
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