This March introduced the second each Counter-Strike: World Offensive fan had been ready for. Following months of frenzied hypothesis and issues like logos being noticed, Valve introduced the upcoming launch of Counter-Strike 2 this summer season: an entire overhaul and rebuild of the game, free-to-play, with every thing carrying over.

Ever because the announcement a restricted check of Counter-Strike 2 has been ongoing, with Valve switching a small variety of maps and options round because it fine-tunes the game for public launch. In all probability the funniest factor about that is that when distributing entry Valve intentionally cut-out gamers with a document of dishonest or griefing, however I digress, as a result of now the developer’s added two new maps, together with one which’s a full rework of an present CS:GO map, and the 2v2 Wingman game mode. Wingman particularly is a welcome addition that was first added to CS:GO in 2017, and presents a extra bitesize expertise in addition to one it is a lot simpler to assemble a crew for.

The brand new maps are Overpass (added to all modes) and Vertigo (Deathmatch and Informal just for now), and their arrival sees the attractive Nuke and Workplace eliminated. Which is sort of a disgrace, as a result of severely: this new model of Nuke made me need to work in a fictional energy plant.

It is Overpass that is had the massive rework right here, and I’ve simply had a fast tootle round. This factor is luxurious, with the brand new stage of element instantly apparent in issues just like the hall interiors and playpark, and whereas the format is not modified enormously there are notable changes to some wall bang spots and sightlines. Largely, although, I simply spent 5 minutes gawping on the water on the decrease a part of the extent, which shimmers and makes me thirsty. Thirsty to attain an ace on defence!

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“We’re excited to ship our first overhauled map into the Counter-Strike 2 Restricted Take a look at, de_overpass, alongside de_vertigo,” mentioned the CS2 dev account. “Vertigo is playable [in] Informal and Deathmatch modes. Overpass is out there to play in Informal, Deathmatch, Aggressive, and Wingman (new!).”

Alongside this there are a bunch of miscellaneous fixes, and I for one am glad to see the halftime countdown return:

  • Added the “Secondary Hearth Hold” choice to the enter settings menu
  • The halftime countdown timer is now seen
  • Mounted a case where the digital camera wouldn’t interpolate appropriately when switching between chase and roaming spectator modes.
  • Mounted a case where the viewmodel weapon would disappear for one body when switching in-eye spectator targets.
  • Added main zeroes on StatTrak module
  • Glove patterns and put on now extra carefully align with CS:GO variations
  • Varied enhancements to foil stickers
  • Varied changes to the scale of stickers utilized to weapons

Valve has not but introduced when Counter-Strike 2 will launch, although it has made clear that the latest Paris Main can be the final official aggressive occasion for CS:GO. Counter-Strike 2’s restricted check has thrown up a lot to get enthusiastic about to this point (even a Half-Life reference), from main mechanical adjustments like smoke physics to mad issues like with the ability to examine grenades. It is even clearly been taking notes on a few of the competitors. However that competitors is aware of what Valve has been saying from the beginning with this: the one Counter-Strike killer is Counter-Strike 2. As for Valorant and its ilk, nicely, one other one bites de_dust.