When Will Split Return To Valorant?

It's been months and there's not signs that the fan favorite original map could return to the game.

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People want the return of Split. I ©Riot Games

The release of Pearl in June came at a big cost following the removal of Split from Unrated and Competitive queues indefinitely. Why? Well, Riot Games doesn't want to overpopulate the list of playable maps, keeping it nice and tidy.

The map, similar to Breeze, Fracture, or Icebox wasn't well received when they launched, and the dev team is hoping recent changes to some of them (particularly Fracture and Pearl) help mitigate the absence of Split from the map pool.

Regardless, the tight narrow corridors of Split are still one-of-a-kind in Valorant, with the rest of the map pool featuring big areas with long sightlines.

When Will Split Come Back To Valorant?

Split was removed back in patch 5.0 with the start of Episode 5. It happened on June 22, making it over three months since we've got to play Split as of the time of writing.

Sadly, Riot didn't mention how long would map rotations take, it could be two Acts, or an entire Episode - if it's the latter, expect Split to be gone a while longer, with its return most likely happening until early 2023.

As it stands, the current map pool on the Unrated and competitive playlists is as follows:

  • Breeze
  • Fracture
  • Pearl
  • Haven
  • Ascent
  • Icebox
  • Bind

When more maps are added in the near future, it'll be interesting to see if Riot Games keeps the set number of the map pool at just seven, meaning they'll have to rotate even more maps or whether they'll decide to increase the number of playable maps, if slightly.

So, which maps would you like to see removed from the pool next?

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