Wednesday, Valve revealed Counter-Strike 2, the sequel to one of the most legendary first-person games. According to the game’s official website, CS2 is a significant update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the genre’s crown jewel for decades.
New tools and features were used to reconstruct maps from scratch. This summer, the new game will be accessible on Windows as a free upgrade to the already free-to-play CS:GO.
CS:GO, the fourth main series entry in the Counter-Strike franchise, was released in 2012 by Valve (makers of the Steam Deck) and has long dominated the tactical shooter genre, which rewards precise aim and coordinated tactics to accomplish objectives like as planting and defusing bombs.
In 2020, Riot Games developed Valorant, which included more modern graphics and agents with new abilities such as smokes and walls, which challenged its dominance. The announcement of Counter-Strike 2 provides the franchise with a current update and the opportunity to attract new gamers who were not interested in a decade-old game.
The announcement promises numerous enhancements to the gameplay experience. The dynamic, volumetric smokes in CS2 respond to shooting.
The game has cleaner and brighter visuals, including high-resolution upgrades to CS:GO weapons and finishes, as well as enhanced ambient effects. It utilizes sub-tick updates for movement and shooting as well. This is especially critical for the competitive side of the game, because players’ reflexes are constantly tested and the smallest time increments can have a huge impact on the outcome.
Want to take the limited exam? According to Valve’s Frequently Asked Questions, current CS:GO players are chosen “based on a number of characteristics deemed significant by the Counter-Strike 2 development team, including (but not limited to) recent playing on Valve’s official servers, trust factor, and Steam account status.”
If you are invited to the test, CS:main GO’s menu will display a notification. Gamers will be welcomed gradually until the game’s release. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available and as the game’s release date approaches.