Counter-Strike: Global Offensive seems okay. I mean, I haven’t played it myself (and don’t plan to, because Overwatch), but one or two people seem to like it. It’s apparently even pretty big in the eSports scene. Who knew?

Since people like the game so much, Valve has decided to add more stuff to it. The game’s newest addition is a map called Canals, and it’s set in “a historic Italian city”. The update also includes a visual overhaul of the Phoenix Terrorist player model, and something called the Spectrum Case.

“Canals is a brand new map for CS:GO, set in a historic Italian city,” says Valve. “Two important tourist attractions are under threat by an international group of terrorists known as the Phoenix, and SEAL Team 6 has been deployed to stop them.”

“The map is based on real-world environments that give each area its own architectural style as well as gameplay, and produce an unconventional layout. The CT side is composed of a large, wide open area while the T-controlled territory forms a crescent of smaller spaces around it and provides multiple approaches to each bomb site.”

“The bombsites require different tactics and weapon choices for each team. Site A is set in the open CT territory and rewards the use of smoke grenades as well as rifle skills, while site B is located in the interior where submachine guns and shotguns will prove most useful.”

“The canal that runs below site B also allows a stealthy approach deep into the CT-controlled area and the A site. This area has a lot of cover that makes it difficult and hazardous for CTs to hold.”

Valve says that “while the map is based on a real-world location, the aesthetics are intentionally clean and uncluttered for good player visibility”. Community map makers should also be happy to learn that “many of the environmental models are built in a modular fashion”.

Two more elements of the update were also detailed, the first being an aesthetic improvement to the Phoenix Terrorist model, with tweaks “focused on preserving character legibility and improving overall visual fidelity”. The second is the introduction of the Spectrum Case, which will include 17 community-designed weapon skins.

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