Valorant Episode 6 Act 1 Adds New Map, New Battle Pass

Riot Games’ free-to-play FPS Valorant enters a new episode on January 10 with some new content added.

The biggest addition included in this update is the new map, Lotus. This will be the ninth map- the last one added, Pearl was back in June 2022. Inspired by “traditional Indian stepwells, rock-cut architecture and Dravidian style structures,” Lotus is a 3-site map with new environmental mechanics including rotating doors and destructible walls.

Episode 6 Act 1 also signals the start of a new battle pass. Expect cosmetics based on New Years, Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year to be included in this. The free track includes the 9 Lives Classic Gun Skin, which features agents in cute cat forms.

And as for premium gun skins, the new Araxys skinline brings a whole new alien aesthetic.

Valorant is free-to-play and available now on PC via the Epic Games Store or from its standalone client. PC Game Pass subscribers that link their Riot account gets access to all the available agents.

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