Counter-Strike Got Some New Awesome Characters
For over 20 years, Counter-Strike players have been playing with the generic character skins into their hour-long matches. In-game terrorist factions like the “Phoenix Connexion” or “Elite Crew” have battle spec-ops groups like GSG-9 and the SAS. Through the endless repetition of CS, these default outfits installed themselves in the identity of the game. With Operation Shattered Web, that’s changing.
“For the first time in CS: GO, unlock all-new T and CT-sided characters equipable on any map,” writes Valve on a microsite publishing the update. “All-new CT Operators and T Agents are available as mission progress rewards. Complete missions and earn Stars to unlock them and equip them for deployment. Or equip the default Local Agent or Operator to use the pre-existing map-based characters.”
The new characters are unlockable, equitable skins. There are 22 of them, and Valve uses descriptors like “Superior Agent” and “Exceptional Agent” to distinguish them. The highest tier is “Master Agents,” like Lt. Commander Ricksaw or Special Agent Ava of the FBI. These 4 characters will come with awesome special voice lines and animations.
Shattered Web, CS:GO’s first operation in two years, is $15. That’s a boost from the $6 that operations like Hydra (2017) and Wildfire (2016) were cost. These earlier operations mostly added new maps and modes to CS: GO, which Shattered Web also covers: Studio, Lunacy, and Jungle, each accessible in different modes of play. A package of skins, stickers, and cosmetic graffiti is also available.