What is next Valorant map? Everything we know about Abyss

Franco Diaz
Abyss map in Valorant

The next Valorant map, Abyss, comes with a distinct new setting and offers a ton of gameplay possibilities. So, here’s everything to know about the Abyss map in Valorant.

Whenever Riot add a new Agent or map to Valorant, it’s a special occasion. The last new map the game saw was Sunset released back in August 2023, and now, the competitive FPS is welcoming its 11th map, Abyss.

On that note, here’s everything we know about the new Valorant map.

Valorant Abyss release date

Abyss will arrive in Valorant on June 11 with the 8.11 update. It will automatically be added to the map pool, with Breeze and Split exiting the rotation and Haven returning.

Before its release, fans got a good look at what to expect through a Showmatch on the new map held on June 9. Streamed on Riot Games’ official YouTube and Twitch channels, the Showmatch let Valorant pros and content creators compete on Abyss.

Valorant Abyss layout

Abyss is the first vertical Valorant map with no walls or external boundaries. This means that players can fall to their death if they aren’t careful and don’t take note of their surroundings.

The map features two spike sites and a traditional three-lane layout. It spices up the formula by introducing branching paths in the middle that will have players contending for space and looking for strategic advantages. Judging by the layout, you can expect long-range battles to be frequent and for snipers to be the meta on Abyss.

Abyss layout in Valorant
Abyss has a three-lane layout.

By far the most interesting aspect of Abyss is the lack of boundaries. Although, it’s important to note that players who fall off the map can not be revived by Sage’s ult.

The absence of walls opens up a realm of gameplay possibilities, allowing players to get creative with Agent abilities. For instance, Raze can satchel off the edge and briefly go out of the map before jumping back in to catch enemies off-guard. Agents with teleportation abilities like Omen or Yoru can do the same and fool enemies. The devs have also set up multiple paths that will see you traverse the edge of the map.

Abyss seems like a great playground for dynamic movement, and it’ll be interesting to see all the creative ways in which players use its layout to their advantage.

While you wait for its release, remember that Valorant offers multiple skin bundles to show off in matches. You can unlock some skins through the Valorant Battle Pass, buy the entire bundle, or choose just the skins for your favorite weapons. If a skin doesn’t quite convince you, you can request a refund on the official website.