Valve revealed CS:GO Operation Riptide this week, a massive new update bringing Short Matches, Private Queues, droppable grenades, map updates, and more.
Since Operation Broken Fang, Valve took the approach to get its game up to speed with the competition. While the former operation introduced Premier matchmaking, which helped players via in-game statistics and reduced chances of cheating, Operation Riptide also brings its share of new features.
CS:GO Gameplay Changes
Valve finally added one of the community’s most requested features: Private Queues. To host a Premier match on Valve servers, players can easily share their own generated Queue Code with their friends. This option is also available for Steam Groups, making it easier for community members to connect. Before that, CS:GO players had to own a private server in order to achieve this.
Prior to launching a game, players now have a choice regarding match length. The newly added Short Matches feature only 16 rounds, compared to the previous mandatory 25 rounds. For those who do not have much time to spend playing, this could be a real game-changer. Furthermore, it is confirmed that performances during Short Matches have an impact on skill groups.
The Desert Eagle’s body damage also got reduced, whereas the M4A1-S got buffed. On Dust 2, the ceiling between T-Spawn and Mid is now lower, preventing fights at the beginning of rounds and watching the cross. It is also now possible to drop grenades, offering brand new strategies. There is no doubt CS:GO esports teams will find a way to gain an advantage with it.
Like Broken Fang, this CS:GO Operation Riptide brings its fair share of new content, purchasable with stars. Completing quests, which received some new changes, is the free-to-play way to get stars. There are three new agents in French Gendarmerie, CT SEAL team “Frogmen”, and Guerilla Warfare Terrorist.
For cosmetic lovers, there is also a lot to unpack here. The brand new CS:GO Operation Riptide case adds 17 community-designed weapon skins to the game. Players will also be able to get their hands on items of the new four collections, based on famous maps of the game: Train, Mirage, Dust 2, and Vertigo. Of course, Riptide stickers and patches are also purchasable in-game.
CS:GO players can get their hands on Operation Riptide for $15 on the Steam Market.
Written by Charles Fuster
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