So far, in Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) closed beta, Valve has let players play Dust 2 and Mirage, but unlike the former, the most popular map in the CS:GO era, Mirage, was only online for a few weeks. Right now, Valve introduced Nuke and Office as playable maps in CS2.
With this, players can test “multi-level” maps in CS2 under the Source 2 engine.
Valve introduces Nuke and Office in place of Mirage in CS2
Last June 29, Valve released an update to CS2, introducing Nuke and Office as playable maps instead of Mirage. There is no doubt that Valve does not lose its essence, as let’s remember that both maps have existed in the shooter since its inception in 1999. However, these maps are not even the shadow of those we remember, as they are made with the new Source 2 engine.
We were extra active on Twitter this morning, which means there’s a CS2 update. Today we’re adding Casual, swapping out Mirage for Nuke and Office, making adjustments to audio, fixing the slow crouch bug, addressing bunny hopping and more! And you can now inspect grenades. pic.twitter.com/CMjRARG1rH
— CS2 (@CounterStrike) June 30, 2023
On the other hand, it is also worth mentioning that this is the first major update to CS2, where two playable maps are included since the closed beta launch at the end of March 2023.
Valve hits the nail on the head with Mirage
Introducing Mirage in the closed beta of CS2 was a great success for Valve, as they managed to detect and correct many bugs that had not appeared in Dust 2. In addition, many of these bugs directly affected the gameplay of CS2, so their correction was more than necessary.
Some of these bugs include a rain of fire in Skybox in Mirage or sinking into the floor of the A Site with an annoying glitch. As a result, Valve had to release six updates over two weeks, and now, they have decided to remove the map to continue working on the bugs.
Community cheers Valve access to CS2
While it is true that the introduction of Nuke and Office is a big step forward and generates a lot more hype in the community, only a small part of the community can enjoy the game right now. While it is true that Valve extended access to the CS2 beta test on several occasions, currently, more than 94% of the players still do not have access to the game.
Finally, those players with access to this limited CS2 beta test can enjoy Nuke and Office, while the rest of us (including me) will have to continue watching the maps through videos or streaming.
In the June 29 update, Valve included the Casual game mode, which players long awaited.