Online first person shooter multiplayer game Counter Strike has been around for a very long time now, and if there is one map that people associate with it the most, it would be ‘de_dust 2’. The map’s balance and popularity easily made it the most played map around the world.
The map was dropped from the Active Duty competitive map list back in February 2017 and was replaced by a revamped version of de_Inferno. Valve drew some flak from the community for this move, but they have replied that the map needed to be moved to the Reserve Duty map list; And gave the following reasons:
- Improve player readability throughout the map
- Refine movement around the world including cover
- Upgrade the visuals to be in line with modern maps
And now after a hiatus of almost seven months, de_dust 2 is back, and is in beta testing. The map now has new names, like bomb-site A is called Hotel Aurore and bomb-site B is called The Kasbah.
The textures, the lighting and the structure of the map have gone through some serious remodelling. The map is now at par with the look and feel of the other maps in the Active Duty list and give the feeling of real city streets of a war-torn Middle Eastern country.
Apart from the map, the terrorist models have also been reworked and their features are more detailed and dynamic.
Some of the most prominent changes in the map would be the lighting conditions of Upper Tunnels which connect the Terrorist spawn site to bomb-site B. A Long doors have seen some serious remodelling too and the use of resources over them seem to have become more difficult.
People will have to hold on to their horses to actually try out the map in competitive conditions, though they can try it out in the beta depot of Counter Strike Global Offensive.