Valorant’s First-Ever Narrative Focused Map: Fracture

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Valorant’s First-Ever Narrative Focused Map: Fracture

Fracture is the first Valorant map to feature interactive narrative objects.

The popular tactical FPS shooter Valorant has been showcasing glimpses of the narrative of the game. The cinematics and the in-map teasers spotlight a few events in the lore of the game. Now, it seems the developers are taking it to another level with the release of Fracture. The new map will be showcasing a direct event in the history of Valorant.

Earlier, the developers released the Duality cinematic, which confirmed the theory of the mirror universe’s existence and clarified some core concepts from a narrative point of view. With that, Fracture is coming out soon with the new Act. Players will be presented with a new challenge to decode on their hands.

The dual biomes, alongside the explosive central rift of the map, should encourage players to craft new theories and learn more about the world of Valorant. There are also ten hidden Tacti-Bears located on the map, which will be fun to find!

Narrative-enriched Fracture ties connection with Mirrorverse

A screenshot of the new Fracture map in Valorant, showing a piece of the desert biome half of the futuristic facility.

Speaking on the same topic, Creative Director David Nottingham stated that:

“This map plays a key role in the linear timeline of the conflict taking place between our Earth and this mysterious ‘other earth' that is sending their own Valorant Agents. As such we've invested in environmental and visual storytelling to help inquisitive players more fully unravel the mysterious conflict taking place.”

There should be interactive narrative objects on the map, which will further help players solve the mysteries and realize the stakes in Valorant. Previous maps like Icebox also showed stories of the Samurai in Icebox and more, but it wasn't interactive. Therefore, this feature should encourage more players to take an interest in the story of the Valorant universe.

Fracture will release in Valorant with the new Act 2 in Episode 3 of the game.

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Rijit Banerjee is a freelance esports and gaming journalist who covers games like Fortnite, Valorant and League of Legends. He was formerly associated with Sportskeeda, GG Recon and Gamezo.