An Overwatch player has created a fully-functional bomb defusal mode in the Workshop inspired by CS:GO.
The Workshop is a scripting tool that gives players a huge amount of power over the game’s rules, allowing them to create new game modes and even prototype new heroes.
With the Workshop, even the fundamental rules of Overwatch need not apply – players have already used the feature to recreate classic 2D arcade games, for instance – and it’s also possible to create entirely new features, such as the “infinity stones” that one player used in an Avengers: Endgame-inspired mode.
The Workshop was released to the Public Test Realm (PTR) on April 24, and players have already used it to create a huge variety of modes, from tools to help practice Overwatch to recreations of other titles like Portal and a DotA-inspired MOBA mode.
Now, u/treesofvalinor has replicated the rules of CS:GO’s iconic game mode. The mode manages to emulate all of the fundamental elements of Counter-Strike, with a bomb plant and defuse system, an economy and purchasing system, and even armor.
As it stands, there is a slightly limited set of weapons available. Mercy’s Caduceus Blaster acts as the default starting pistol, while McCree’s Peacekeeper offers an upgraded pistol. Soldier: 76’s Heavy Pulse Rifle is the standard rifle for both teams, and Widowmaker’s sniper rifle takes the place of CS:GO’s AWP.
Currently, the only map available in the mode is Lijiang Tower’s Control Center, but the creator has stated they hope to add more maps later.
If you want to try out this CS:GO mode, you can do so with the share code PDG9G.
It’s also possible that this mode could be further expanded with additional CS:GO-esque features in future. One player, u/Mikoboy, has already figured out how to make smoke grenades, for instance, which could be implemented here to begin building up a utility system similar to Counter-Strike’s.
Those wishing to add the smoke grenade to either this CS:GO-inspired mode or their own custom game modes can do so with the share code 8SWFS.
The Workshop is currently only available on the PTR and therefore only accessible by PC players. Once the feature reaches the live servers, however, it will be available on all platforms. Blizzard have yet to reveal when it can be expected to move to the live game.