Counter-Strike: GO Revives Nuke, All Prettied-Up

Counter-Strike level de_nuke is 15 years old, which means it has the legal rights to have a part-time job and to watch films containing adult themes, foul language, and strong violence. 15 is also an age for reinvention, and Nuke is coming back from the half-term hols with a new look. Valve last night launched Operation Wildfire for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], bringing the usual Operation challenge jazz and the rebuilt Nuke. It is bright and colourful and makes me feel like spring is coming.

Go have a look and fiddle with the sliders on the before/after screenshots. That’s lovely, isn’t it? Places are recognisable, but it’s all much more interesting. I especially enjoy the details of pipes and wires – look at that efficient plumbing, those carefully tacked cables! It’s not just a makeover, mind. The overhaul also adds a new path and makes a few layout tweaks, and I like how small but clever some are. Such as:

“The vents that connect Bombsites A and B have been reconfigured to adjust rotation times between the sites. The vents have been converted from an “H” shape to an “S” shape, slightly lengthening traversal time and making it easier for defending T’s to hold the site.”

I’m always happy to hear folks talk about these sorts of changes. Balancing levels is such a complex and wonderful art – sheesh, Nuke is 15 years old and still being worked on – but when folks talk about balance it’s usually the numbers of weapons, skills, characters, and so on. All developers, please talk more about teeny but important level changes. I promise we’re interested.

Also you can open and close vent slats, as someone on Reddit pointed out. All developers, please also add more fiddleable things. I promise I’ll fiddle with them.

Anywho! $5.99 would get you an Operation Wildfire All Access Pass, which brings challenges and missions and other tasks to complete, along with a new Bowie Knife and loads of new weapon skins. Seven community-made maps are now in rotation on Valve’s official matchmaking servers too.

Check the patch notes and Wildfire rundown for all that’s new.

7 Comments

  1. Anthile says:

    They also moved the location from Germany to the USA for some reason.

    • Atomica says:

      Germany has waved goodbye to nuclear plants so there’s a bit of revisionism going on there too.

    • Banks says:

      They already have a bigger nuke in Germany, It’s called Bundesbank.

  2. Unruly says:

    I kinda wish that the before and after slider had a further option that showed you the original CS version as well as the Source one. It would be nice to see the total evolution of the map’s finalized versions.

  3. Ferno says:

    Bit late to the party but worth mentioning that

    is a little bit misleading to those who don’t know CS:GO too well. The pass doesn’t get you the knife of skins directly. Just that minuscule chance to win them from paid to open crates or drops!

    • Ferno says:

      Well that messed up, what I meant to quote was: “Anywho! $5.99 would get you an Operation Wildfire All Access Pass, which brings challenges and missions and other tasks to complete, along with a new Bowie Knife and loads of new weapon skins.”