Here are all the changes coming to maps in Counter-Strike 2.

Valve just announced Counter-Strike 2 after weeks of teasing the community with small updates and Twitter banner changes. Counter-Strike 2 will feature several improvements including a different approach to tick rates, responsive smokes as well as improved maps. Here’s what CS2 maps will look like in the new update.

So far confirmed Maps are:

  • Dust 2
  • Inferno
  • Mirage
  • Nuke
  • Train
  • Overpass
  • Ancient
  • Shoot
  • Baggage
  • Office
  • Italy
  • Canals
  • ShortDust

Counter-Strike 2 Map Gallery

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In a video published at the time of the announcement, Valve details how Source 2 engine will help improve maps in Counter-Strike 2.

Here are some of the Loading screens in Counter-Strike 2

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With over 20 years of history, maps are a fundamental pillar of Counter-Strike. And in Counter-Strike 2, maps are getting a new look

What are the maps in Counter-Strike 2?

Valve has taken three approaches to maps in Counter-Strike 2 (CS:GO2)

Touchstone maps

An image of Dust 2 B site in the new Source 2 engine update. (Image Credit: Valve/CSGO)
An image of Dust 2 B site in the new Source 2 engine update. (Image Credit: Valve/CSGO)

These are classic maps with solid foundations. Players can use these as the basics to evaluate gameplay changes between CS:GO and Counter-Strike 2. After almost a decade of experience playing on these maps, they are the perfect comparison for players to check how Counter-Strike 2 feels different.

Upgrades

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The second tier of maps use Source 2 lighting including a physically based rendering system that produces realistic lighting and reflections.

Overalhauls

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The oldest maps have been completely rebuilt from the ground up using Source 2 rendering features. These tools will also be available to community mapmakers easier to build expand and iterate. With upgrades to build in Counter-Strike 2, even the familiar will feel brand new.

You can check all of the information we have on Counter-Strike 2 and the various updates in our CS:GO 2 news hub. The new update also has sub tick rates, which means there's no fixed tick rate anymore. Counter-Strike 2 is available for beta now and will release in Summer 2023.

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