Night. Market Easter egg suggests sand and sun about to be a part of VALORANT

Enough is enough. Seriously—one of the only things that gets us through the year in more normal times is travelling. That’s the reason we all work 50 weeks a year, at least in Western countries. What’s up with that? Why don’t Westerners seem to appreciate, or value, the need for time away from the office. The other two weeks? Those were made for getting on a plane and spending 24 hours a day on a sunny beach in a rum-hazed fog. That hasn’t happened in a year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Which might explain the thinking behind a Caribbean-flavoured VALORANT tease.

As fans of the upstart first-person shooter are well aware, game developer Riot is currently running a VALORANT Night. Market.

As anyone who’s been to a night market in Shanghai, Bangkok, or Mexico City knows, night markets are ground zero for deals. VALORANT’s virtual edition, which runs until April 20, featuring drastically reduced prices on various goods of both the cosmetic and high-powered nature.

As Riot has stated on Twitter: “You never know what will be on offer at Night. Market, and weapon vendors rarely offer the same prices twice.”

But is often the case at a night market, you have to dig a bit for the real interesting stuff. With that in mind, astute Twitter users were quick to notice that there were geographic coordinates of 25 degrees North and 71 degrees West on the Night. Market banner. Thanks to the magic of the internet it took about a one-second Google search to identify that as being located in the Bermuda Triangle.

Sure that’s not exactly seen as heaven for those employed as a ship captain, pirate, or Princess Cruises marketing director. But for those of who’ve been locked down in Moose Jaw, Idaho, or Siberia since last spring, a bit of time on a sand beach sounds like heaven. Even more so if that time can be spent playing VALORANT.

Think of the potential for a Caribbean-flavoured VALORANT: umbrella drinks that double as Molotov cocktails; umbrellas that also serve as machine guns; and weapons that blind opponents by firing sand.

Official confirmation of a new VALORANT map—which will be the sixth—will arrive on April 21 from Riot. In the meantime you might want to work on your Rum Punch game in preparation.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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