Weeks of rumours and speculation have been circling the internet and today we finally confirmation from Valve that Counter-Strike 2 is real and is set to launch in the Summer of 2023.
The official Counter-Strike Twitter account confirmed the news revealing that the sequel will see an “overhaul to every system, every piece of content, and every part of the C-S experience.”
Today we're excited to announce Counter-Strike 2. Counter-Strike 2 is an overhaul to every system, every piece of content, and every part of the C-S experience. First, let's talk about smoke grenades: pic.twitter.com/iTtguRHJ0S
— CS:GO (@CounterStrike) March 22, 2023
Valve confirms Counter-Strike 2 will be made in Source Engine 2 and has a series of videos available on YouTube showcasing some of the changes being made.
Leveling up the World showcase the work done on the existing maps, Moving Beyond Tick Rate announces that tick rate no longer matters, and Responsive Smokes breaks down the “dynamic volumetric” interaction of smoke grenades.
Several of the maps have been rebuilt for Counter-Strike 2 while others have seemingly been ported into Source Engine 2. This shouldn’t be a huge concern as the maps will be able to take advantage of the lighting, and physically based rendering that produces materials, lighting, and reflections.
You can even bring your entire CS: GO inventory to Counter-Strike 2 with your inventory benefitting from the Source 2 lighting and materials.
In addition to the reveal, Valve confirmed there will be a limited testing period. “All of the game’s new features will be revealed when it officially launches this summer, but the road to Counter-Strike 2 begins today as a Limited Test for select CS: GO, players. During this testing period, we’ll be evaluating a subset of features to shake out any issues before the worldwide release,” said Valve.
There is a lot of useful information here.