Riot Games confirmed the new map after a lot of teasers and hints were dropped over the month. Valorant is all set to receive the major update to start off the Episode 2: Act 3 along with a bunch of skins, battle pass and a new map 'Breeze' which is much awaited.
This map is based on an island, an isolated location in the southern regions close to the famous Bermuda Triangle. Breeze features an exotic and colorful appearance in the first look compared to the current Valorant map pool. The developers shared some insights and overview of the new map that confirms that Breeze will be featured with multiple open areas around the map that will encourage players for long-range battles, the difference between the most used riffles Phantom and Vandal might be a factor here as Vandal has the one hit headshot capability at long range while Phantom can deal maximum of 140 damage in one hit. Though, since its said to be a huge and open map territorial control will be an equally important aspect for this map.
Senior Game Designer at Valorant, Sal Garozzo shared his thoughts and the vision they had while developing this new map where he mentioned "One of the main goals we had with Breeze was building larger and more open spaces with longer sight lines than the other maps in the pool. This provides an opportunity for different weapons and agents to shine.” He also went on talking about how every map in Valorant is presented with a bunch of strengths and weaknesses for various agents, allowing teams to be more flexible and compatible and bring out a variety of different strategies and approach.
"Breeze was heavily inspired by islands in the Caribbean. We loved the old forts and tropical beaches. After the cold, angular world of Icebox, we were really excited about the open, bright, colorful world of Breeze.” - Valorant’s Lead Artist, Devon Fay, was asked about the inspiration or notable concepts that could be referenced from the new Breeze map.
Here's the Mini-map and a small Walkthrough for the new map 'Breeze' that shows off it's open range capability and various locations are visible where there are possibilities for early engagements