Valorant Episode 8 Act 3: Relase Date, New Map, Agent Skins, and Premier Mode Updates

Episode 8 Act 3 of Valorant is upon us, bringing new content and a fresh meta to the tactical shooter. Let’s dive into what awaits you on the battlefields.

Valorant Episode 8 Act 3 Relase Date

Get ready to lock and load! Valorant Episode 8 Act III is confirmed to launch on Tuesday, April 30th, following the conclusion of Act II. Expect the new Act to drop around 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET / 10 pm BST, with a brief maintenance window beforehand. During this downtime, the game will be unavailable for play.

New Map: Bastion

Episode 8 Act II’s battle pass hinted at a new map with a Player Card featuring what seems to be underground ruins. This was further solidified by a leaked promotional image showcasing a map titled Bastion. The leaked image, discovered by a Reddit user, gives us a glimpse of the map’s setting, although it’s unclear whether it will be a traditional map or a Team Deathmatch (TDM) one.

Valorant Episode 8 Act 3
Image via @ValorantUpdated

Taking inspiration from the release of Clove in Act II, we might see Bastion arrive midway through Act III.

New Pink Bundle

Leaks suggest a brand new bundle with a dominant pink theme is coming to Valorant. Anticipate this floral-themed skinline, reminiscent of League of Legends’ Spirit Blossom skins, to hit the store alongside the new Act. Here’s a list of the weapons expected to receive these new pink variants:

  • Operator
  • Phantom
  • Sheriff
  • Judge
  • Melee (Kunai-shaped with unique animations)

A flashy trailer showcasing the bundle is likely on the horizon from Riot Games.

Premier Mode Updates

Exciting news for competitive players! The official Valorant account has revealed three major updates for Premier mode at the start of Act III:

  • Promotion: Winning your Playoff bracket now guarantees at least a one-division promotion for the next stage. Additionally, the top two Contenders teams from each zone will have a shot at making it into the Challengers league.
  • Top 32: Reach the coveted Invite division in Episode 9 Act 1 by securing a spot among the top 32 teams in your zone’s Contenders Division at the end of this stage.
  • Playoff Qualification: The Playoff qualification threshold has been lowered to 600 Premier score across all divisions.
Image via Riot Games

This article will be continuously updated with any new information revealed about Valorant Episode 8 Act III. Stay tuned, agents!