Counter-Strike: Global Offensive revamping Dust2

Update: The new Dust2 is now live in the beta branch and Valve have detailed all the changes. It looks great! The Leet Krew get a makeover too.

Counter-Strike’s De_dust2 is surely one of the most-reproduced levels in video games, remade and reinterpreted and parodied by fans across dozens of different games. Yet another one is coming our way soon, though this one is official. An “updated” and “refined” version of Dust2 is headed to the next test version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], Valve announced last night, “coming soon.” Dust 2 was removed from the regular rotation back in February, though not from the game entirely. Valve aren’t quite ready to reveal the extent of changes but do share a teensy peek.

The wee teaser image shows that, much like the recent reworks of Nuke and Inferno, the new Dust 2 will scrub off a lot of the murk and muck of early CS:GO levels. It’s also looking a lot less war-ravaged. See the full view (and click it for a bigger version):

I’d guess that’s from the Terrorist team spawn area, yeah?

They’re really rebuilt the neighbourhood.

Beyond visual makeovers, Valve’s other revamped maps have tweaked layouts a little to improve play. I’d probably expect the same for Dust2, though we’ll likely not see anything major – it is a classic, after all.

Given what “coming soon” means to Valve, this new Dust 2 could be on test servers next month, tonight, or next year. No idea.


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    Drib says:

    Dust3 confirmed?

    • Seafoam says:

      Don’t be silly, it is a well known fact that valve stopped making games because they would need to add a 3 to the title.

  2. Halk says:

    Never heard of Dust2.

    • Pedro_O says:

      So, you never played any version of Counter-Strike (probably sarcasm, though).

  3. darkath says:

    Indeed, i only ever heard of de_dust2, pronounced “duh dust two” (it’s even better in french because you say it “duh dust duh”)

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    phuzz says:

    I’ve not played CounterStrike in years, but there was still a little voice at the back of my head that freaked out at the idea that de_dust2 was getting changed in any way.
    Silly voice, it’s not like I’ll realistically ever play again, and if I did and really had a hankering for How It Used To Be then I could just fire up a copy of 1.6. It’s odd how there’s often a part of your brain which doesn’t grow up along with the rest of you isn’t it?

    • April March says:

      The voice in the back of my head just shrieked at the thought of going back to it.

  5. Ham Solo says:

    I like the visual upgrade and the slight adjustment in gameplay these map updates offer. Besides, the maps are getting changed every game iteration, so that’s not an excuse to hate it.