Valve, the creator of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), has announced the release of Counter-Strike 2 in the summer of 2023. The sequel is set to be a free upgrade for existing CS:GO players, offering major technical advancements in gameplay, new features, and map updates over the next few years.

Transitioning to Source 2 Engine

One of the most significant changes to Counter-Strike 2 is the switch from Source engine to Source 2, already in use by “Dota 2” and “Half-Life: Alyx.” Valve promises the “biggest technical leap in the history of ‘Counter-Strike,'” introducing an entirely new gaming experience.

Overpass Comparison CS2 vs CSGO

Improved Maps and Sound

All maps in Counter-Strike 2 will be reworked, featuring new textures and brighter themes, making them easier to navigate. The game will also have a revised sound system, improving player location in the game.

Sub-tick Updates and Dynamic Smoke

Two of the most exciting technical innovations in Counter-Strike 2 are sub-tick updates and dynamic smoke. Sub-tick updates will make the game feel more direct, sending input movements and shots to servers at a 128-tick rate, with “CS2” servers interpolating actions between ticks. Smoke grenades will now interact with the environment, filling corridors, and displacing as a result of grenade explosions.

Counter-Strike 2 Wallpaper

Early Access for CS:GO Players

Valve is currently granting early access to selected CS:GO players for a limited test phase. The trial version does not contain all the features of the full version that Valve plans to unveil in the summer.

Protect Your Skins and Progress with 2FA

As CS:GO continues to evolve, keeping your account secure is crucial, especially if you have valuable skins. With the rising number of hacking attempts on gaming accounts, it is essential to have two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect your account. Take advantage of Steam 2FA to ensure that your skins and progress remain safe.