At the recent Valorant Champions Grand Finals, Riot Games revealed the new Valorant map Sunset. Set in the sunny city of Los Angeles, home to both the Valorant development team and the popular agent Gekko.
Sunset looks to be one of the most visually stunning maps yet. Sunset features the classic three-lane, two-site layout common in tactical shooters like Valorant, but with a unique emphasis on mid-control.
The open, symmetrical mid-area gives both teams an equal opportunity to seize the high ground and gain an advantage. With its balanced layout and beautiful lighting effects, Sunset promises to shine as one of Valorant’s most competitive and visually appealing maps.
“Valorant has several versions of the three-lane map formula, but we haven’t made one with a strong focus on mid-control in a long time – Enter Sunset,” says Joe Lansford, Lead Map Designer on Valorant. “Sunset features a mid that is fairly difficult to control and doesn’t really favor one team or another; it’s generally good for rifle ranges and opens up a bunch of opportunities for whichever team can take it. We expect to see both teams make mid control a central part of their strategy on Sunset.”
Sunset will become available on August 29th with the launch of Valorant Episode 7 Act II. As with all new maps, Sunset will enter the map pool alongside Breeze, replacing Fracture and Pearl which will be temporarily removed from the competitive map pool.
Sunset made its first glimpse at Valorant Champions, the game’s annual world championship tournament, which is being held in Los Angeles this year. The early stages of the competition were a little underwhelming for the biggest event of the year, but the last couple of days of action have taken a step up.