In Global Offensive, the location has been slightly altered, resembling a North African setting such as Maghreb. The map's central structure contains more distinct Islamic architecture elements indicative of a setting in the Islamic world, which encompasses both the Middle East and North Africa. Like the original incarnation of its cousin map Dust 2, there are signs of recent conflict littered around the map, with destroyed vehicles, damaged buildings, Humvees, and even a technical visible around the map.
Counter-Terrorists: Prevent Terrorists from bombing chemical weapon crates. Team members must defuse any bombs that threaten targeted areas.
Other Notes: There are 2 chemical weapon stashes in the mission.
Dave Johnston found early screenshots of a desert map from Team Fortress 2: Brotherhood of Arms and wanted to recreate the screenshots. Jess Cliffe got him in contact with MacMan to recreate textures from the screenshots. Originally called cs_destiny, many of the elements of the screenshots were recreated in the map, as well as some extra areas that were constantly changed around. Later on, bomb sites were added and rearranged. During map testing, the name was changed to de_dust.
The map was rechecked by Valve Corporation. Some unnecessary items were removed like graffiti paintings on walls. The map was edited a little bit to make it smooth and clear. The bright yellow sunlight was reduced.
See also: Dust/Tour of Duty
Much of the work on the revamp was done by Ritual Entertainment and Levelord, mainly aesthetic in nature. There are different types of footpath to help the player to predict the position of enemies. For example, players walking on tiles will produce screeched sounds. In return, nearby players will know that there are enemies or teammates in the middle or at the side.
The original skybox that had desert mountains was replaced with a clearer, blue sky.
Valve Corporation completely revamped Dust for Counter-Strike: Source, mainly based on concept art by Kristen Perry and Ido Magal focusing on architectural references. Textures were changed and brightness has also been altered to a notable extent. Palm trees were also added for aesthetic purposes.
There are many new changes implemented for this map. Textures, such as the color of the walls and ground, have been converted into concrete and there are new props and sand particle effects in de_dust. Furthermore, the underpass of the bridge has been widened and there is a stairwell underneath the side, allowing the Terrorists to stand better ground if they are cornered by the Counter-Terrorists and the bomb target at bombsite B was slightly moved away from the CT Spawn Zone. A wooden board walkway was also added to connect the once separated front pathways.
On the November 13, 2017 update, the map was removed from the game files, making it inaccessible in game. The reason for removal was stated to be due to the map being a lesser played map. On the CS GO Blog, developers hinted that deleted maps could be reworked.
- This map is referenced in Valve's Team Fortress 2, on its 119th update page which is written just beside the Soldier. It can be seen here. The message reads: For the record you couldn't have done it without us either - Without us you'd still be running around in de_dust. Just sayin'...
- The helicopter that appears at the start of the round at the Counter-Terrorist base in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive version of this map has the same sound and model as the one at the start of the Left 4 Dead 2 campaign Dead Center.
- In older versions, the underpass was called "bridge" for unknown reasons.
- This map is one of the 3 oldest bomb defusal maps ever, same as Nuke and Prodigy.
- In Counter-Strike: Source Alpha, a map entity, de_gold_dust was a portation of a mix-up of the 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero version. However, it was cut from Source. This was similar to Dust II and de_gold_dust2.