Valve’s new CS:GO changes
CS:GO has received a new update that focuses on improvements and changes to four maps, along with a number of other miscellaneous fixes that should improve the overall gaming experience. However, this update doesn’t incorporate any major changes, and none from the Active Duty Map Pool, so they don’t affect ongoing esports events such as ESL Pro League Season 16.
Map Changes & Stream Deck Updates
Developers Valve released the patch notes in the early hours of September 8. Aside from the changes to the four maps Anubis, Blagai, Cascade, and Ember, there have also been general bug fixes across the system. The most significant one is the fix of a camera exploit, a defect which has been reported before the playing community. The player’s camera would sometimes detach from their eye position, and this has now been fixed.
Along with this Valve has rolled out updates for Stream Deck, which allows better support for mouse and keyboard from Stream Input. There have also been changes made to the game startup, which should reduce launch time. An improved UI flow should make for smoother scrolling through weapon case items in Agent View, and a bug in the Storage Unit which showed an incorrect inventory limit warning has been corrected as well.
Anubis sees the most changes. This community-created Bomb Defusal map was added back to CS:GO three weeks ago for the game’s ten-year birthday, and is currently the only map available to play in matchmaking. This update sees clipping improvements and clean-ups on the A side and CT side, which should allow more impressive players.
Minor tweaks like colliding stones and aligning a floating pillar have also been added. There has been a hip cover added on the plateau near B main, and a scaffolding on the A side catwalk preventing the boost through the window to T stair at the canal. An audio fix in the A side now allows players to silently drop down from A long.
A number of changes have been made to Ember tool, the Danger Zone map having seen multiple updates across the last two months. A new water tower has been erected at Crater, and it’s now renamed to, well, Water Tower.
Plenty of Bug Fixes
There have been many bug fixes, including the cannonball not inflicting damage, and the weapon crate ammo spawning in the floor near the Apartments. A new particle effect has been added while firing cannons, as well as improved sound effects for doors opening and closing.
Blagai and Cascade have both been made for the Wingman mode, and seen a few changes as well. These are mostly visual changes, with only a couple of minor enhancements made for Blagai. The pixelwalk on the window frame has been fixed, along with C4 explosion radius being increased.
Valve promises that the improvement to the visuals in Cascade shouldn’t impact ToOpenGL nor cause any additional strain to the user’s FPS rate. A new ladder has been added in the lower main area which “gives cover to Ts and worsens it as a camping spot for CTs”, according to the developer patch notes. The self-boost in the upper main has been removed too.
This isn’t a major CS:GO update, but still incorporates a bunch of fixes that have been on the cards for a while. There is more excitement around CSGO Source 2, which, if recent leaks are to be believed, might be just around the corner. The massive engine upgrade has been awaited by players, kept on the hook by tantalizing leaks, for almost two years.
Recently Twitter user and popular CSGO leaker ‘Aquarius’ revealed that fan-favorite bomb-defusal map ‘Cobblestone’, official active map pool, was being tested on the Source 2 engine and might make a return soon. However, with the IEM Rio Major 2022 approaching, it’s likely that devs will hold back major updates until the tournament concludes.