When people talk about the dawn of the multiplayer FPS genre, it's always Doom, Quake and Counter Strike crowding the conversation. But Counter Strike has managed to stand the test of time by offering up an individual map that's still a part of the eSports scene - Dust2. And it's getting another makeover real soon.
Alive and well in just about any Counter Strike game still operating today, Dust2 has welcomed millions of new players to its off-white walls over the years in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Expected to outlive us all at this point, the iconic competitive shooting gallery is about to get a new lick of paint. Sharing the news on the official Counter Strike Twitter account with a single image, it's difficult to gauge how extensive the renovations might be. Simply said to hit the beta test servers 'soon', there's every chance we're looking at nothing more than a paint job.
But could it finally be time for Dust2 to have a major shakeup? Every object in a Counter Strike map is meticulously analysed and used as a barrier or vantage point and moving even a single pole would be like playing god. More blood would be spilt than ever before, and players suddenly wouldn't be quite as efficient when it comes to defusing the bomb or wiping out the enemy team.
We're only really expecting cosmetic differences here, though. Perhaps something to help spice up competitive streams when a player is doing little more than crouching behind a car. Still, will Dust2 really transcend time at this point? Some would rather see it die, but this iconic piece of gaming history deserves nothing but the best in life.