Valve continue expanding Counter-Strike 2 now its released, and the latest update overhauls the community map system along with enabling it again in the Steam Workshop. We've also seen quite a big drop in players overall.
Pictured - Brewery map from Steam Workshop
From the changelog:
- Enabled uploading CS2 maps to the workshop.
- Community Servers can host workshop maps.
- Added paint metalness and roughness by color features to Solid Color, Hydrographic, and Spray-Paint finishes in the Item Editor.
- Added option to toggle "Automatic PBR Color Correction" to all sticker types in Item Editor.
- Various Item Editor help system updates including "mat_fullbright 10" to test PBR.
- Various updates to workshop tools.
If you want to try a custom map offline you can just find one in the Steam Workshop, subscribe to it and then head directly into the game in the Play menu.
Nice to see this back as custom maps were really popular for CS:GO. Hopefully we will see other parts cut from CS:GO return to CS 2 soon. Going by what Valve said in an interview with PC Gamer modes like Arms Race and other popular stuff will return at some point as Valve say they haven't been forgotten.
The release of CS 2 also caused quite a dip in the player-count. Steam Charts reports a 18.85% drop in the average player count for October, the biggest drop on record for it. We're still talking averages of nearly 800,000 though so it's not like CS 2 is in trouble with it seeing peak player counts regularly of over 1 million.