Operation Wildfire has arrived in Counter Strike: Global Offensive

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Operation Wildfire Counter Strike Global Offensive

I went through a rather rough patch toward the end of 2015. A classic FPS itch reappeared, and so of course, I scratched it rabidly with Counter Strike: Global Offensive. I couldn’t escape the addiction – I was playing game after game, day after day! Thankfully though, I managed to claw my way out of Valve’s deep rabbit hole.

I may be pulled back in however, thanks to Operation Wildfire. It’s another event that will run from now until June 17.

CS players can opt to pay $6 (R96 for us here in South Africa) to gain access to a challenge coin, operation journal, two campaigns, new blitz missions, a wildfire case, and exclusive weapon drops. For those who don’t have any coin to spare, don’t worry, Valve thrown out some free goodies too. There are seven new community-created to enjoy, including Royal, Santorini, Tulip, Cruise, Coast, Empire, and Mikla.


On top of this, good ol’ Nuke has been given a complete overhaul:

Nuke is one of Counter-Strike’s most iconic and enduring maps. First released in November 1999, the map has undergone numerous aesthetic and functional changes over the years, yet always retained its elegant simplicity. We’re excited to announce the latest evolution of Nuke in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The main goals of this complete overhaul and re-build of the map were to improve gameplay by providing the Terrorist team with more tactical options, and to visually upgrade the map with a higher-quality, more readable aesthetic. We set out to adjust rotation times between the stacked bombsites, Counter-Terrorist strategic control of the rafters, and added a new outdoor attack route. Community feedback via forum posts, video analysis and email was instrumental in gathering a wealth of potential changes and insightful suggestions.

The visual changes alone are quite something. If you’d like to see them in more detail, you can do so right here. There are a selection of images with before and after sliders (like in the header image above) that shows just how much detail has gone into this overhaul.

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And yeah, that’s Operation Wildfire in a nutshell. Will you be buying the pass for it, or are you happy enough with just having the free community maps?

Last Updated: February 19, 2016

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Captain JJ and his ensigns

    There are 200k people playing CS GO on Steam right now.
    I don’t see a slowdown it soon.
    Even as someone who really does not do MP FPS games, I’ve put a few hours into it myself.

    • Hammersteyn

      There must be a terrible lack of options 😛 In any case, you should be playing Planetside instead

      • Captain JJ and his ensigns

        I would. I think I got GO gifted though.
        Since then my backlog just became too big

      • HairyEwok

        Does planetside even have local servers?

        • Hammersteyn

          No, some guy asked once if we could get one and got ripped to shreds in the forums by people from Russia and Asia because neither do they.

          • HairyEwok

            Ahhh well that makes sense, they’re like way more players than what we’ll ever have in total here in SA. So shooting stuff up in the game is like shooting into a after image with the ping delay?

    • hairyknees

      It’s addictive hey? Infuriating, yes, but there’s something stupidly fun about it!

      • Captain JJ and his ensigns

        I know. It’s weird.
        I’m not at all into MP FPS games but for some reason I’ve really enjoyed CS GO.

      • When you get that kills in CS it makes the death worth it or if you pull a win out of nothing in comp matches

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    I too will have an operation wildfire.

    Copious amounts of Sriracha and its after effects of overdosing…

  • HairyEwok

    I wanted to move the slider, but then i realized it was just a image ;(

  • Darren Peach

    Back in the day, Counter Strike players were regarded with disdain…… COD was the new it series and Quake was the lan staple. These days, COD is the hated franchise and Counter Strike has drifted into oblivion.

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