CS:GO

Secret CSGO map update fuels Source 2 speculation

by Andrew Amos
Valve

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An update to a handful of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maps has flown under the radar of most players, but it has only fueled the Source 2 engine port fire for some.

A port to Source 2 for CS:GO seems so close, yet so far away for most Counter-Strike players. After years of waiting, the game is due a facelift, especially as competitors like Valorant start to ramp up in popularity.

However, as more hints keep on dropping, the hopes of players are slowly getting raised. An update on April 9 might be the biggest one yet too, as the first possible tangible changes to gameplay have been shipped to a number of maps.

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A compatibility update was pushed for nine of the game’s active maps ⁠— Anubis, Chlorine, Dust 2, Inferno, Mirage, Office, Overpass, Train, and Vertigo ⁠— on April 9. Only Nuke, Cache, and Agency were spared.

While it’s not unusual for a few maps to be updated for demo reasons, having a bulk of maps undergo an update has perked players' interest about a possible port to Source 2 coming soon.

However, there’s a bunch of reasons to be skeptical as to whether this actually means the Source 2 update is just around the corner.

Mirage mid in CSGO
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Mirage was one of nine maps to receive a compatibility update on April 9.

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With Easter happening this weekend, it could be part of changes to give the maps some festive flair, like Valve have done in the past.

Also, it could just be a few minor fixes across a number of maps. Some players have noted that Chlorine, a community-made map recently introduced into the game, just received a lighting upgrade.

Given the poor visibility on some of these other maps, more uniform changes could have been made.

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However, the hype train for what will likely be CS:GO’s biggest update in history is going full steam ahead.

With leaks indicating the Source 2 engine is just a matter of weeks away from being added into Counter-Strike, there’s never been more excitement in the Counter-Strike community. Now, it’s just a waiting game to see if it all comes true.