Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes were what was left over from Ritual Entertainment’s dropped share of development. A series of unconnected single-player missions, Deleted Scenes were originally the focus on the game with standard multiplayer thrown in too. However, after declaring the game gold and handing out review copies of Ritual’s work, Valve saw an average review score of around just 60%. The companies retracted the gold status and work on CZ was essentially begun again. The final game contained Ritual’s portion, called Deleted Scenes, alongside Turtle Rock Studios’s version of the game.
Deleted Scenes missions are single-player and the mission locations are worldwide from the cold Russian missile silo to the warm busy Japanese streets. In Deleted Scenes, players are prohibited from buying weapons like normal Counter-Strike gameplay; instead players collect weapons, ammo and armor along the way. Players always play as the Counter-Terrorist, while the enemies are AI bots. As opposed to the main campaign, Deleted Scenes missions usually put the player on their own and must find out how to proceed to the next level, unlike the multiplayer component of CZ where players have to eliminate all members of the opposing team or complete certain map objectives.
Several weapons from the “lost contents” have made an appearance in Deleted Scenes, including the M72 Light Anti-Armor Weapon, and the M60 machine gun. Some are unfortunately limited to the AI terrorists, such as the machete and Rogue Entertainment’s controversial suicide belt. Some reconnaissance weapons including the blowtorch, radio, Fiber optic Camera, and remote control bombs. Players can also carry up to three grenades instead of the usual one. Moreover, the power of players’ Kevlar Armor is boosted, better protecting players from many projectiles and bullets.
Some weapons were completely reanimated. This includes the Colt M4A1, FAMAS and Galil with the exception of the SIG SG552 which uses its “beta animations.” Weapon textures are also slightly modified. The weapons are colored a bit differently from their Counter-Strike counterparts, such as the Arctic Warfare Magnum which is now brown instead of green, the Steyr AUG and the Colt M4 Carbine are now two-tone police black instead of the usual colors. It initially came with twelve missions, but later Steam updates added six additional missions that were cut from the initial release. There is a small community for Deleted Scenes, and a few custom maps have been released. Three are by Thearrel “Kiltron” McKinney, a mapper who worked on the game itself.