This is an image from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Something looks a little different than what you'd normally expect to see in the latest installment in Valve's online game about counter-terrorists shooting at counter-terrorists, though. No, I'm not talking about the heads-up display.

Ted McIlwain, a level designer at Digital Extremes, has been tinkering with a Lego-like map for CS: GO since mid-June, judging by some posts he made on the development-centric forum MapCore. It's just a broad idea for a single map, but looking at the progress he's made on the thing has got me feeling all hopeful for the sort of cartoonish shooter that Nintendo still hasn't made for some insane reason.


Since this is just a custom map McIlwain told me in an email that he's not going to be adding blocky assault rifles loaded up with projectile minifigs anytime soon. Sigh. At least we can still dream.

Here are some shots from the rough draft:

Slowly making its way towards the real deal:


...aaaaand here it is in full Legolandish glory:


Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the idea for a Lego-themed Counter-Strike has gotten much support from the game's wider community yet. Since McIlwain posted that last batch of images on Steam Workshop, it's gotten all of four comments, one of which was just another Steam user saying he was subscribing in the hopes that it would be taken down.

Don't listen to the haters, Ted. Risks of intellectual property violation aside, I will play this. I will play so much of this.


You can see more of McIlwain's work on Counter-Strike and other games on his personal website.

via Kill Screen

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