When a game reaches the level of success and gathering that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive managed to accumulate over the years, it gets really difficult and tricky to change or overhaul arguably one of the game’s most famous maps, Dust II.
Valve overhauled the map’s layout, adding more light to dark areas and removed a number of obstacles blocking potential line of sights. Not only that, the map’s overall visuals were improved, “quadrupling” the texture resolution and replacing the two pizza shops with dentist offices. Here are all the changes in much more detail:
BOMBSITE B – THE KASBAH
A number of overly dark spots in Tunnels have been addressed with natural light pouring in by way of a crumbling, torn away roof. The broken down car at the bomb site has also been moved a bit, allowing a more free player flow around it. The break in the wall, ‘Window’, has now been widened and the movement brushes around it relaxed. Just beyond this, Scaffold has been simplified with no more metal pipes to stand in the way of your next frag. In addition, a few electrical poles have been moved outside the play space as to simplify unnecessary distractions while not taking away visual fidelity.
BOMBSITE A – HOTEL AURORE
With player reads in mind, entry fragging at site A has been refined as the back wall has had the dark doorways removed. Corner peeks are also improved with the removal of the pesky drain pipes.
The broken down cars at A are now one car with increased player flow around and on it. Experienced players will now not have to worry about whether they’re going to get hung up and newbs won’t wonder if they’re going to get burned. Annoying physics based detritus props have also been replaced with more predictable static prop detail such as weeds and rocks.
The middle section of the map has seen upgrades to the lighting in lower Tunnels to address those dark corner campers.
A number of other dark doorways have been adjusted and ‘neither here nor there’ door cover has been eliminated. With fewer alcoves to get hung up on, you will have more time to sweat the important stuff.
While Dust II’s gameplay doesn’t seem to age, the art needed a good sandblasting. The Bombsite B section of the map is now a historic Kasbah under restoration while Bombsite A is a bazaar and hotel. The texture resolution has been quadrupled and a North African prop set established for all you community mappers to use. Now, the bad news is the 2 pizza parlors are no more. The good news: they’ve been replaced by 2 dentist offices. Coincidence? Probably not.
NEW CHARACTER MODELS
The infamous Leet Krew, classic villains of Dust II and previously known as “Durah,” have received an overhaul to match their updated environment. These T’s feature upgraded character models, redesigned at high resolution to be more identifiable, cohesive, and iconic; hardened veterans of countless rounds of CS and still hell-bent on world domination. You’ll notice a few of the Leet Krew are regulars at the new Salon De Coiffeur.
The video below highlights the most significant changes made to Dust II, so make sure to check it out.