Counter-Strike 2 is Real, Limited Test Begins Today


Counter-Strike 2

By: Jason Siu


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We all know Valve struggles to count to 3, since Half-Life 3 is nowhere to be seen, but some of us wondered if it forgot how to count to 2. Well, those jokes can be tossed in the garbage as Counter-Strike 2 has been officially announced and a limited test for the game kicks off today. There were some rumors creeping around the internet that an announcement was imminent and Valve confirmed Counter-Strike 2 will release sometime this summer. Best of all? It’s a free upgrade to CS:GO.

Based on the information Valve has released so far — and you can watch three videos highlighting some of these changes below — Counter-Strike 2 adds “game-changing” smoke grenades that actually interact with the environment, overhauls maps with upgraded visuals and audio, as well as a sub-tick update architecture so regardless of tick rate, moving and shooting will be equally responsive.

When Counter-Strike 2 actually goes live, everyone will be able to bring their entire CS:GO inventory with them, so all those items and skins you’ve collected over the years won’t be lost. Those items will also benefit from Source 2 lighting and materials, so they’ll get a visual upgrade as well. If you’re wondering why you don’t have access to Counter-Strike 2, Valve had this to say in a tweet:

Counter-Strike 2: Responsive Smokes Video

Counter-Strike 2: Leveling Up the World Video

Counter-Strike 2: Moving Beyond Tick Rate Video

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With over 20 years of online publishing experience, Jason Siu is currently the Content Director at VerticalScope and used to spend most of his time writing about cars. His work can be seen on websites such as AutoGuide, EV Pulse, FlatSixes, Tire Authority, and more. As the former co-founder of and West Coast Editor of Modified Magazine, he has also authored two books for CarTech Books. In his spare time, he founded FullCleared to indulge in his passion for writing about games. Although Jason is a variety gamer, he generally prefers RPGs.

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