Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is looking ahead to its next big campaign, having launched Operation Wildfire this week. This premium package offers up some new goals and Challenge Missions for CS:GO players, opening the door to earn some new weapon finishes and special weapon drops. However, there are quite a few free offerings that Valve's adding to this update and one might look very familiar to long-time followers of Counter-Strike.
Those that have followed Counter-Strike from its earliest days are familiar with the classic DE_Nuke map that was released way back in November 1999. Now a newer version of Nuke has been released, with several aesthetic changes that give it a 2016 visual upgrade.
"The main goals of this complete overhaul and re-build of the map were to improve gameplay by providing the Terrorist team with more tactical options, and to visually upgrade the map with a higher-quality, more readable aesthetic," reads the Counter-Strike website. "We set out to adjust rotation times between the stacked bombsites, Counter-Terrorist strategic control of the rafters, and added a new outdoor attack route. Community feedback via forum posts, video analysis and email was instrumental in gathering a wealth of potential changes and insightful suggestions."
Changes include some adjustments to the upper bombsite to make defense more difficult for Counter-Terrorists, with rafter space restricted for more predictable encounters. Meanwhile, the lower bombsite has switched the main path from the tunnels through a new decontamination room. The bomb-planting area has also been expanded. The vent area connecting the two bomb sites have been changed from a H-shaped hallway to an S-shape to make defense feel a little easier.
The latest update will also add seven community-created maps to the Competitive, Casual, and Deathmatch playlists. They are Cruise, Coast, Empire, Mikla, Royal, Santorini, and Tulip.
All of the information on Operation Wildfire, including Blitz Missions and the new Bowie Knife, can be found on the Counter-Strike Global Offensive website. The full patch notes can be found here. Those that pick up the Operation Wildfire Access Pass will have until June 17 to complete their missions.