- According to esports journalist Richard Lewis, Counter Strike 2 is going to release soon.
- A beta version is scheduled to be released as early as March 2023.
- The executables “csgos2.exe” and “cs2.exe” were identified in an NVIDIA driver upgrade, which fueled the anticipations of a new version of Counter strike.
After years of leaks and speculations regarding a CS GO version based on the source engine, data from a February NVIDIA driver update revealed a ‘csgos2’ executable. This was the first clear sign of a Source 2 update for Counter-Strik, with the most recent edition in the series, Global Offensive, published in 2012.
According to a plausible new report, Valve is working on a sequel to its ever-popular online shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. CSGO has made quite a history in PC gaming and has become one of the most popular games on Steam. While fans have speculated about a new version of the game, Valve has been silent on the subject. Fortunately, it appears that the current hush around “Counter-Strike: GO 2” will break sooner rather than later.
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Counter Strike 2 Reportedly Set for a Beta Release
According to respected esports journalist Richard Lewis, Counter-Strike 2 has been under development at Valve for some time and will be released in beta this month.
At the beginning of the month, an NVIDIA driver update was discovered with executables named “csgos2.exe” and “cs2.exe,” leading many to speculate that Valve was working on something. After that, unidentified sources informed Lewis that a new title is on track for a public beta debut in early April.
Counter-Strike 2 is apparently ready to roll out with a beta version due for release in March 2023, with April 1 at the latest.
The new game’s development team includes developers who have previously worked on past versions of Counter-Strike, and this new version has been the primary focus of the Counter-Strike dev team for some time, which is why several issues in CS: GO have stayed untouched for a while.
Something weird just happened. Latest NVIDIA drivers introduced support for unknown app executables called "csgos2.exe" and "cs2.exe". Why project is called Counter-Strike 2 and what are you cooking @csgo? https://t.co/U9YKlAjwgy pic.twitter.com/PU8Op9uGLq
— Gabe Follower 2 (@gabefollower) March 1, 2023
Lewis also claims that Counter-Strike 2 will provide 128 tick servers, something the CS:GO community has been requesting for years, as well as an upgraded matchmaking system similar to what external services like FACEIT now provide. The new match-making system, however, is not scheduled to be ready when the beta begins.
Of course, the switch to the Source 2 engine is intended to provide a lot of visual and optimization enhancements, but this may come at the expense of greater resource requirements to run the game, which means that some gamers with lower-spec Computers may need to upgrade in order to play.
It won't be new game, it won't be Counter-Strike 2, it won't be even a rebrand, just CS:GO Source 2
And your skins are fine, they will be available in new version.
— Gabe Follower 2 (@gabefollower) March 5, 2023
On 5 March, Valve leaker ‘Gabe Follower’ confirmed Lewis’ allegation, claiming that the new game will not be called ‘Counter-Strike 2’ and will not be rebranded at all. Instead, the final product will just be CS: GO running on the Source 2 engine.
The announcement comes as rumours of a major update to CS: GO have risen in recent weeks. Official Counter-Strike social accounts have been more active than normal, with the establishment of a new Tik Tok account, and Counter-Strike 2 listings have been detected in NVIDIA driver upgrades, fueling anticipation. Lewis’s report now appears to verify that massive changes are on their way to the Counter-Strike universe, and they may be much more significant than initially assumed.
It is suggested to take all this with a pinch of salt and wait for an official announcement to confirm the arrival of new game.
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