Valve has made a sudden announcement confirming the development of Counter-Strike 2, and it is set to release earlier than anticipated.
Although an exact release date has not been disclosed, it has been announced that Counter-Strike 2 will be released in the summer of 2023 and will run on the Source Engine 2. This upgrade will be free for current CS:GO players. A limited testing phase of CS2 will begin today for select CS:GO players. Valve has promised to share more information soon on how to become a part of the testing process.
The newly launched CS2 website claims that it is the "largest technical leap forward in Counter-Strike's history," ensuring years of new features and updates. In a series of videos released by Valve, players were given a glimpse of the game's new features.
Valve has highlighted the overhauled and upgraded maps, "game-changing" smoke grenades, tick-rate-independent gameplay, and redesigned visual effects and audio. All of the maps in CS2 have been rebuilt from the ground up, utilizing the latest Source 2 tools and rendering features. The new grenades will now interact with other gameplay elements, expand to fill natural spaces and react to lighting. Additionally, players can expect responsive moving and shooting and consistent grenade landing, regardless of tick rate.
All CS:GO items will be carried over to CS2. Although this marks Valve's first official announcement of the development of CS2, rumors had been circulating for some time, with notable journalist and Counter-Strike caster Richard Lewis revealing that Valve was preparing to make the announcement.
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