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Patch released for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fixes long-running hitbox bug

Back in May, we reported that a Valve employee had revealed that the company was aware of a long-running bug that had been a thorn in the side of many a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player.

The bug affected the hitboxes around players in a way that could sometimes see a player shot multiple times at point-blank range without taking a hint of damage. This could be frustrating in a casual game, but in a game that sees players competing for large cash prizes, the consequences of the game not acting in a predictable manner are much more serious.

Related: Valve acknowledges Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hitbox bug, but no ETA on fix

Now that bug has finally been addressed, along with many other issues, in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, affectionately known by fans as CSGO. It’s clear from the patch notes posted that this is no minor band-aid fix either, with several animation systems seeing significant changes.

The patch replaces all player body animations — a major overhaul. For the purposes of demo compatibility the previous animations were retained, but won’t be used in-game any longer. All player model geometry and scaffold animation has been re-rigged as well.

Another bug that could cause trouble in competitive play — weapon models sticking through doors and walls — has been fixed in the new patch as well. As with player model animation, all weapon model animation as been replaced and new animations have been added.

Related: Valve not sure about International-style event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Just because Valve is making CSGO even better for competitive play, don’t expect the company to roll out a Counter-Strike equivalent of The International tournament for Dota 2. Though the tournament is popular, Valve’s Erik Johnson said in August that a similar tournment for CSGO wasn’t a given, though he did mention that the game would end up on the new Source 2 engine at some point.

The new patch addresses much more than just the few bugs mentioned here, though many of the fixes are of the more typical re-balancing variety. For the full list of changes, see the patch notes on the Counter-Strike website.