Seemingly out of nowhere, Valve finally announced some Counter Strike 2 maps. Fans of the competitive FPS series are now eagerly anticipating the release of Counter Strike 2, keen to learn about the new features, weapons, and, of course, maps that will be included.
In the Counter Strike franchise, maps have always been a crucial component of the gameplay experience. These battlegrounds are where players engage in intense firefights, testing their skills and strategies against opponents. In this article, we'll take a closer look at all the Counter Strike 2 maps that have been revealed so far.
For more on the game, read up on everything we know so far about the Counter Strike 2 beta. Alongside that, you can see whether Counter Strike 2 is free to play, as well as our list of the best free FPS games.
All Counter Strike 2 maps
Valve has separated all of the game’s maps into three distinct categories. These are Touchstone maps, Upgrades maps, and Overhauls maps.
That said, the classic map Inferno has been confirmed for Counter Strike 2, but has not been sorted into Touchstone, Upgrades or Overhauls.
All Touchstone maps in Counter Strike 2
Touchstone maps are the classic staples of Counter Strike, such as Dust II. These have stood the test of time and have solid foundations, with intricate layouts that have been perfected over Counter Strike’s 23-year history. Players have spent literal decades playing on these maps, and have developed a deep understanding of their layouts and nuances. They have likely come up with their own plans and strategies for taking or defending bombsites.
As such, these maps serve as an excellent comparison for players to evaluate the gameplay changes between Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Counter Strike 2. The announced Touchstone maps revealed so far are Dust II, Mirage, and Train.
All Upgrades maps in Counter Strike 2
These maps have had a visual upgrade, using new cutting-edge Source 2 lighting, which is a technology that provides a physically-based rendering system. This produces realistic lighting and reflections that enhance the game's overall visual fidelity. With these increases in visual fidelity, Counter Strike is finally going to look as pretty as its FPS competitors. The maps revealed to be getting these visual upgrades are Nuke and Aztec.
All Overhauls maps in Counter Strike 2
Counter Strike 2’s Overhauls maps are those which have been completely rebuilt from the ground up. These maps take advantage of all the new Source 2 tools and rendering features. The maps in this category announced so far are Overpass and Italy.
Furthermore, Valve has announced that these Source 2 tools will be made available to community mapmakers, making it easier for them to build, expand, and customise their maps. This opens up the game to a whole new level of creativity and innovation, as players can experiment with new layouts and gameplay mechanics, and share their creations with the wider community.
The Counter Strike: Global Offensive mapmakers are an extremely creative community, and they'll no doubt make good use of all of these expanded tools coming in Counter Strike 2.
That's it for our look at the Counter Strike 2 maps! While you're still here, feel free to read up on whether your CS:GO items will carry over into Counter Strike 2.
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