Riot’s Episode 8 Act 1 is almost here, and fans are getting excited as Valorant Episode 7 comes to an end this month. The competitive map Icebox will be added to the rotation in the next release, along with a tonne of other updates and features for Episode 8. We are going to look at the date of release, the schedule, and all the pertinent information about Episode 8 Act 1 in this article.
Valorant Episode 8 Act 1 changes
Riot is expected to temporarily remove the Haven map in the next Episode 8 Act 1, which the developers had previously taken down for a while. A wide variety of maps, such as Icebox, Lotus, Sunset, Breeze, Ascent, Bind, and Split, will be available for players to experience.
Also, Developers recently officially announced the arrival of Icebox and disclosed that the map would receive modifications before its public release to improve its current state. Lotus is also scheduled for build enhancements, as it will continue to be used beyond 2024.
Release Date and Time
On January 9, 2024, Valorant’s Episode 8 Act 1 will premiere, right after Episode 7 ends on the same day. While the precise release time is still unknown, it is anticipated to occur at approximately 2 PM PT (5 PM ET/10 PM BST), in line with past Acts.
As per the custom, Episode 8 will take place over three Acts and include a variety of adjustments, including rotations of the maps, buffs and nerfs, and the regular upgrades for competitive gaming.
When Riot removed Icebox from the competitive map pool in April, it was gone for almost nine months. Now, with anticipation for the map’s return, players consider what might have changed. Icebox, which is renowned for its contentious sightlines and angles—particularly during attacks—may experience significant changes.
Similar to Breeze’s redesign before returning to the active map pool, Icebox could benefit from changes that restrict some routes, create new ones, or alter playstyles to address player concerns and possibly make Icebox a preferred destination.