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The most recent operation for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has arrived in the form of "Operation Breakout", the first custom map pack available to all users without the need to pay for an access pass.
Operation Breakout features 6 community-made maps taken directly from the Steam Workshop, all of which will be available to play on official Valve servers from July 1st 2014 through October 2nd. These new maps include Insertion, Mist, Overgrown, Rush, Blackgold, and Castle, several of which appear to focus on interesting new gameplay concepts such as vertical gameplay or having the ability to choose from multiple spawn points.While all 6 of these new maps can be accessed without having to purchase a pass, players will still need to purchase the Operation Breakout Pass if they want to get their hands on a number of additional features. Purchasing an operation pass provides map creators with a percentage of the revenue from every sale while also allowing users to access the upgradeable Operation Breakout Coin, Breakout Missions, the stat tracking Operation Journal, and 4 new item sets, including the Baggage Collection, the Cobblestone Collection, the Overpass Collection, and the Operation Breakout Case.The Breakout Missions introduce specific objectives to players before providing in-game loot upon completion, while each of the new item sets feature a total of 45 unique weapon finishes inspired by certain maps or the current operation.A significant number of other map and weapon rebalances have also been made, including increased fog visibility for areas within Nuke and Inferno, and reworked pricing and damage outputs for guns such as the SSG08 and the XM1014. Unsurprisingly, the accuracy for the CZ75-A has been reduced while the accuracy for the Desert Eagle has improved.
It's a little later than planned, but this week's edition of the ValveTime News is finally here. In this episode, we're recapping all the latest Dota 2 and International 2014 news alongside a variety of community headlines and SFM crossovers!
With all of the Compendium rewards for Dota 2 now unlocked, Valve are working hard to introduce as many of them into the game as possible ahead of The International 2014 tournament later this month. Today's update, known as the "Overflowing Compendium", has introduced 4 previously unlocked rewards alongside a new "Live Rewind" feature.
The introduced rewards include additional styles for the Lieutenant Squawkins courier, the Mini-Pudge courier, Chat Emoticons, and Weather Effects. It would appear Valve are also looking to further incentivise leveling up the compendium as most of these rewards feature alternate styles which are unlocked as more levels are reached. All of the level requirements for the included items are listed below:Owning a Compendium: Mini-Pudge CourierOwning a Compendium: All 25 Chat EmoticonsOwning a Compendium: Snow Weather EffectOwning a Compendium: Moonlight Weather EffectOwning a Compendium: Rain Weather EffectLevel 4: Standard Lieutenant SquawkinsLevel 24: Green-Feathered Row Boat Lieutenant SquawkinsLevel 41: Red-Feathered Sail Boat Lieutenant SquawkinsLevel 50: Golden Hook Mini-Pudge CourierLevel 65: Moonlight Weather Effect (Previous requirement, now removed)Level 120: Rain Weather Effect (Previous requirement, now removed)The "Live Rewind" feature introduced with the update allows spectators to dynamically pause, rewind, and replay within live matches, making it easier than ever to keep up to date with competitive games. A number of important assets for the Techies have also been found in the game files, including all of the hero's voice lines, but it looks like the hero isn't quite ready to go just yet. Expect to see them arrive in the game sometime after the conclusion of The International 2014.
Neogaf user "CBOAT" (crazy buttocks on a train) recently posted a thread highlighting a confidential PowerPoint presentation from Valve showing off the company's next-gen Source 2 engine using an updated Left 4 Dead 2 prototype. While we regularly don't post about idle speculation or rumours, CBOAT is well known for leaking confidential information to the public, and we believe it is very possible this presentation and the screenshots contained within it are official and are worth consideration.
The first slide, shown above, features an updated version of the the Plantation level from Left 4 Dead 2 and highlights the significant increase in detail possible on the Source 2 engine, with noticeably enhanced foliage, large amounts of high quality destruction, and improved lighting and shadow effects. We have also been sent a high resolution copy of one of the screenshots shown in a separate slide, which you can check out below.
While this slide alone is very interesting, the presentation actually features a total of 20 slides. Unfortunately, 13 of these slides remain obscured from view, so we're not entirely sure what they may be discussing.
However, the other slides we can see discuss the improved technical improvements of the Source 2 engine. The following pair of slides highlight the enhanced lighting and detail shots from a distance, showing the significant improvement in detail over the old Source engine. The next two slides also focus on enhanced detail, showing a comparison between a porch in Left 4 Dead 2 and the unreleased Source 2 prototype. While Slide 19 appears to feature little more than the Valve logo, a partially obscured Slide 20 does provide some details about the "Redesigned Tools & Workflow" available with Source 2. This slide in particular is certain to get the mapping community excited.
Only the first four lines of the slide are visible, which you can check out in the quotation box below.
As always, we'll keep you posted on all the latest Source 2 news as it comes in.
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Keep an eye out for our weekly news round-up, coming early tomorrow morning.
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