Counter-Strike fans have been yearning for something on a different engine and they might get their wish sooner than expected.
Counter-Strike: Global Operations has been around for more than a decade now and few remember the rough early days the game had. Over the years, Valve patched it up and grew the game to become one of the most influential live service games of the modern age.
Everything starts showing age eventually and needs to come to an end. Whether Valve will kill off the support for it remains to be seen but one thing seems to be more certain by the day - Counter-Strike 2 or some other type of sequel is coming.
It was initially leaked via Nvidia files where executables "csgos2" and "cs2" were found.
Now Richard Lewis straight up went and said it - Counter-Strike 2 is real and is coming soon .
The "soon" in this matter appears to be March 2023 as several sources from Valve stated in a conversation with Lews under the condition of anonymity.
Normally, it is wise to doubt whether "anonymous" sources are made up but Richard Lewis does have a long track record of integrity when reporting on things, one that even earned him scrutiny from Riot Games as he kept airing their dirty laundry.
On top of that, the man is a big presence in Counter-Strike circles these days so with his own reputation on the line, there is no reason to believe he didn't verify the sources' claims. The only scenario we can think of where the claims would be false is if this was an elaborate, and early, April Fool's joke.
In any case, the new Counter-Strike is supposed to enter a testing phase this month, allowing players to check it out for the first time. He also stated the famous 128 tick rate is coming to compete with that of Valorant. It should be ready in the beta.
Other improvements include better matchmaking and the engine itself, which will be Source 2.
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