New ‘Valorant’ map Lotus is located in India and has destructible walls

Riot Games has revealed a new map for Valorant called Lotus, which is located in India and has three spike locations as well as some other brand new mechanics.

Like most others Valorant map, Lotus introduces some new ideas, the two most prominent being rotating doors and a destructible door/wall. There’s also a quiet drop in the map, meaning you can get around without making too much noise.

“We wanted to create three more sitemaps and show that this is more of a format we’ll continue to use than just a single map,” said Joe Lansford, level designer at Valorant. “In addition, we aimed to create a map with high flexibility and movement for both teams. There are several traditional Indian architectural elements and places that we drew inspiration from. Stepwells, Rock-Cut architecture and the Dravidian style. Badami Cave Temples, Ellora Caves and Rani Ki Vav to name a few.”

This is the second map in Valorant to feature three spike locations, the other being Haven, one of the launch maps that has always been somewhat divisive. With three sides, the defending team obviously has to split up a bit more, but for the attackers there is often less room to move around the map. It remains to be seen if this will carry over to Lotus or if the design team has managed to change it significantly.

The map, due for release on January 10, is set in Omega Earth’s India, specifically the Western Ghats. Inspired by traditional Indian step wells and rock-cut Dravidian architecture, the design also has some visual secrets that lore fans must look out for.

There have long been rumors of using India as a map location Valorantbut initially this map had a completely different concept, with the team revealing that it was originally going to be set in space, before realizing that the systems they wanted to implement weren’t really working.

“When I designed Lotus, I originally envisioned a space station and had an airlock mechanic that closed off large areas of the map,” Lansford said. “Turned out to just not be that much fun, so we scrapped the idea and moved in the direction we have today.”

Lotus will launch alongside the massive 6.00 update to Valorant which kicks off the start of episode six. Along with the new map comes a host of balance changes, a new battle pass and of course some new cosmetics.

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