Valve has today announced Counter-Strike 2, which will be arriving in Summer 2023 and they've released some details on what's changed.
This will be a big free Source 2 upgrade for Global Offensive, with some of the features being announced now including responsive smoke, sub-tick updates for more responsive gameplay, overhauled maps, Source 2 tooling for the community, your whole inventory carries over from CS:GO, higher resolution models for basically everything, improved visual effects, an upgraded UI and much much more.
They're doing a Limited Test too, which is based upon invitations. Seems like they have more to announce, as the limited test and the features being revealed are "a subset of Counter-Strike 2's features, so that major issues can be resolved before the summer" and they will reveal more in "a few months".
As for how to get into the limited test? They will be selecting people based on recent playtime, trust factor, Steam account standing and so on. If you are chosen, you get a notification inside CS:GO, so you'll need to keep checking back with more players being added over time.
The limited test is Windows-only but SteamDB shows it all clearly set up for Linux and macOS too. It's likely just to get the main technical testing done they're keeping the platforms smaller to get it finished.
See more on the new website and the FAQ.
Excluding Linux players hurts. It suggests that nothing has changed internally. It also means that I won't be able to join my friends when they all get invites. But it is just early testing, so perhaps things could still be different.
Quoting: mr-victoryProton? Or Steam inside wine? Anyone?I'll certainly try Proton. If/when I get enrolled I can report my findings.
Quoting: ArehandoroI don't understand why is it called CS 2 when in reality it is just the same game but with a modern engine/physics/graphics...
probably something along the lines of it sounds jazzy and is good for marketing.
Quoting: WORMIt suggests that nothing has changed internally.
It does. And that the bottom line is still the most important thing, there are more Windows users. Sad.
Such a refresh is nice to see. I don't even mind the beta being Windows-only because we'll eventually get first class support. This is something we can't say about Valorant and other games.
Just please don't use DXVK-native, the whole game should be Vulkan-only in the most native way.
Last edited by ElectricPrism on 22 March 2023 at 9:41 pm UTC
Quoting: StoneColdSpiderSo does this make it Counter-Counter-Strike or Counter-Strike-Strike???Alien -> Aliens. So logically,
Counter-Strike -> The Scramfabulous Adventures of Striking Counters 2: The Revengening of Electric Boogaloos Part 1
Quoting: ArehandoroI don't understand why is it called CS 2 when in reality it is just the same game but with a modern engine/physics/graphics...coughOverwatchcough
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