- Latest CS:GO update creates a “game-breaking” issue.
- Professional and casual gamers are concerned.
- Valve updates are threatening CS:GO’s competitive integrity.
An eagerly-awaited update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) launched this week, but it wasn’t exactly what players were expecting.
In fact, it was far worse than even the biggest pessimist may have feared.
New CS:GO Update upends competitive parity
For the first time in Counter-Strike history, Valve released equippable agents, allowing for visual character customization beyond CS:GO’s infamous weapon skins. The addition was a great accessory to the game.
At least in theory.
CS:GO players were excited about the update, but they’re finding that the new character models are disrupting the competitive flow of matches. Between the map textures and custom agents, enemies can very easily blend into the foreground.
So just how severe is it? Take a look at this screenshot from French CS:GO caster Sr’K playing on Overpass.
In case you’re wondering, yes, there is actually an enemy on screen in the image above.
One of the first to publicly address the new models was Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski of Team Liquid.
“I am color blind and I have been having some difficulties distinguishing some of the models from the backgrounds in some cases,” EliGE said in a Reddit post.
He’s far from the only critic.
Community map creator Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling described the issue as “game breaking,” while FACEIT Creative Director James Bardolph outlined “a significant visibility problem” caused by the new feature.
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